Arsenal travel to Loftus Grove and do so in flying domestic form. The Gunners incredible run has seen them come within four points of second placed Manchester City. Since the last time they met QPR on Boxing Day, Arsenal have won eight of their last 10 matches in the Premier League.
Here are five reasons why the Gunners will overcome their fellow Londoners tonight.
QPR the strugglers
Queens Park Rangers have won just one of their last nine matches in the Premier League (W1 D2 L6), and have scored just one goal in their last four Premier League home matches, winning none of those games.
The head to head record doesn’t bode well the hosts either, QPR have won just one of the last seven Barclays Premier League matches against Arsenal, losing five in the process. They’ve also failed to win any of their last nine Premier League London derbies (W0 D3 L6).
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The Gunners have a point to prove at Loftus Road
Interestingly Arsenal have only won one of their six Premier League visits to Loftus Road, drawing three and losing two. It’s also been a low scoring affair between the two considering Arsenal have netted just 13 goals in 13 Premier League games against QPR. This time round it will certainly be different.
Arsenal haven’t won back to back Premier League away games this season and each of their previous five away victories have been followed by defeat on their next road trip prior to beating Crystal Palace. With third place theirs to lose, Arsene Wenger’s men need to break that habit.
Theo Walcott has another point to prove
The Englishman has struggled for action since his return from injury. While he was out it was expected the speedster would slot straight into the lineup as he once did, but this visit to QPR could well provide the platform for him to get his season on track. Interestingly Walcott has scored Arsenal’s only goal of the game in both of his two previous Premier League appearances at Loftus Road.
Arsenal have Le Coq
The meteoric rise of Francis Coquelin has been something to behold. Since his emergency recall from loan late last year, the battling midfielder has made the most interceptions (38) and second most tackles (39) in the Premier League. There is a doubt over his availability after breaking his nose on Sunday, but one thing is for certain – he is Arsenal’s rock in midfield.
Naaa na na nanananaaa nanananaaa Girrouuuud.
The horrific Monaco match aside, Olivier Giroud has been in scintillating form. The France international has now scored seven goals in his last nine Premier League starts. If he can avoid head butting anyone this time round, hopefully he will add to his tally this evening.