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Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers preview: Both team keen to climb table ahead of derby

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Bacary Sagna: Could return to the Arsenal squad following a broken leg

Bacary Sagna: Could return to the Arsenal squad following a broken leg

Bacary Sagna and Jack Wilshere could make their long-awaited returns for Arsenal in a clash between two sides for a victory.

Arsene Wenger had to defend his record at Arsenal at the club's Annual General Meeting on Thursday, which came after one of the more disappointing weeks of his 16-year reign.

The Gunners remain well placed to advance in the UEFA Champions League despite a home defeat against Schalke on Wednesday, but last weekend's surprise loss to Norwich came as a major blow to their Premier League hopes.

The result left Arsenal ninth in the table and already ten points adrift of early leaders Chelsea, so Wenger will not want to lose any further ground when London rivals Queens Park Rangers visit Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Like Wenger, QPR boss Mark Hughes has had to field some tricky questions over the past few weeks as he waits for a first league win of the season.

QPR currently occupy bottom spot after picking up just three points from their opening eight games, although they are still within touching distance of their nearest rivals and a shock win over Arsenal could lift them out of the relegation zone.

There were signs of encouragement for Hughes in the 1-1 draw with high-flying Everton last time out, when Junior Hoilett's opener was cancelled out by a Julio Cesar own goal.

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Full-back Bacary Sagna could return to the Arsenal squad for the clash against QPR after recovering from a broken leg.

England midfielder Jack Wilshere also played for the Under 21s earlier in the week and may be on the bench as his rehabilitation from ankle and knee injuries continues.

Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hip) faces a fitness test, but defender Kieran Gibbs (thigh) and forward Theo Walcott (chest) remain sidelined, along with first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (ankle), midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) and Czech winger Tomas Rosicky (hamstring).

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QPR captain Park Ji-sung is doubtful for Saturday's trip across the capital.

The former Manchester United midfielder suffered a knee injury in the 1-1 draw against Everton and has not trained fully all week.

Ryan Nelsen and Armand Traore, who were both substituted during the game, are both available but Fabio (hamstring) and Andrew Johnson (knee) remain sidelined.

Mark Hughes may be tempted to restore Djibril Cisse to the starting line-up after he came on as a substitute against Everton.

Previous game's starting line-ups

4-2-3-1
  • Ospina 13 Ospina
  • Bellerin 39 Bellerin
  • Mertesacker 4 Mertesacker
  • Koscielny 6 Koscielny
  • Monreal 18 Monreal
  • Coquelin 34 Coquelin
  • Cazorla 19 Cazorla
  • Ramsey 16 Ramsey
  • Ozil 11 Ozil
  • Alexis 17 Alexis

  • Giroud 12 Giroud

Team taken from Arsenal vs Burnley (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 11th April 2015

4-4-2
  • Green 1 Green
  • Isla 14 Isla

  • Onuoha 15 Onuoha
  • Caulker 4 Caulker
  • Hill 6 Hill
  • Phillips M 7 Phillips M
  • Barton 8 Barton
  • Sandro 30 Sandro

  • Henry 20 Henry
  • Austin 9 Austin
  • Zamora 25 Zamora

Team taken from Queens Park Rangers vs Chelsea (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 12th April 2015


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1 Chelsea 31 73
2 Arsenal 32 66
3 Manchester United 32 65
4 Manchester City 32 61
5 Liverpool 32 57
6 Southampton 32 56
7 Tottenham Hotspur 32 54
8 Swansea City 32 47
9 West Ham United 32 43
10 Stoke City 32 43
11 Crystal Palace 32 42
12 Everton 32 38
13 Newcastle United 32 35
14 West Bromwich Albion 32 33
15 Aston Villa 33 32
16 Sunderland 32 29
17 Hull City 32 28
18 Queens Park Rangers 33 26
19 Burnley 32 26
20 Leicester City 31 25

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