Can Gunners extend seven match winning run?

Next up is Saturday’s 3 o’clock kick off at Loftus Road.  Our last meeting with Queens Park Rangers, on 31st December, ended with a van Persie strike netting us the three points at the Emirates.  That goal was Reliant Robin’s 35th of the year and moved him one goal clear of Thierry Henry’s previous record.

Robin van Persie with Thierry Henry

Robin van Persie with Thierry Henry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since our last meeting QPR have swapped Neil Warnock for Mark Hughes, in the manager’s chair, and signed Djibril Cisse.  However the new striker will not be available for this game as a result of his dismissal during last week’s 3 – 1 away defeat by Sunderland.

That defeat ensured that Rangers stay in the relegation zone, on twenty-five points, only goal difference keeping them above nineteenth placed Wigan Athletic.

A few weeks ago Arsenal fans would have been severely worried at the prospect of a visit to a lowly, relegation battling side particularly since their last home game was a 3 – 2 win over Liverpool when they battled back from two goals down with thirteen minutes left to take all three points.  Now, however, the return to fitness of our two full-backs, Bacary Sagna and Kirean Gibbs, has given a feeling of solidity to the defence and there has been a general resurgence which has brought an unbeaten run of eight games with the last seven being wins.

Bacary Sagna of Arsenal.

Bacary Sagna of Arsenal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having said that, this game certainly cannot be taken lightly.  I’m pretty sure that our present squad are a lot more realistic when it comes to playing “lesser” sides than previously was the case.  With Barton opposing them they know they will be in for a fight not, I hope, literally of course but you know what I mean.

QPR could see the return from long term injuries of DJ Campbell and Heidar Helguson, former Gunner Armand Traore is doubtful with a hamstring injury.  England international Shaun Wright-Phillips will no doubt provide a test for our fit again full-backs.   Other players to watch out for are Adel Taraabt and Bobby Zamora.

At the Friday press conference Arsene Wenger said that Laurent Koscielny was “90%” to be in the squad.  By this I expect the defence to be unchanged from last week’s starting line-up.  With no new injury worries the team should look something like this.

Szczesny

Sagna   Koscielny   Vermaelen   Gibbs

Rosicky   Song   Arteta

Walcott           Gervinho

Van Persie

Can Gunners extend seven match winning run?

In the words of Bob the Builder

Yes we can !

6 Comments on "Can Gunners extend seven match winning run?"

  1. Only one change from the expected line-up, Ramsey instead of Gervinho as Wenger looks to crowd the mid-field.

  2. No we cant.

  3. Arsenal blew it big time today!

  4. Ha Ha ..all that mouthing off and you fuck it up like that, so normal service at the scum resumed then ? ha ha..I tell you now, that was a poor game to lose, with Chelsea closing the gap further and still to play you, City, Stoke and by todays standards West Brom last game will be tough too..will you throw it away ?..I did see the signs of a fortunate run scoring against the run of play at Anfield, fluking a last minute winner against Newcastle..squeaky bum time ladies with your run COME ON YOU SPURS !
    and lads !!!!!! next time you get all mouthy, make sure your team are the real deal before you do it !..

  5. I like to go a wandering to see the red scum play, and I stopped off at QPR to watch the game today, QPR…QPR…QPR…QP HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA QPR to watch the scum today..

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