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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.

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2 Aston Villa 0 0
3 Burnley 0 0
4 Chelsea 0 0
5 Crystal Palace 0 0
6 Everton 0 0
7 Hull City 0 0
8 Leicester City 0 0
9 Liverpool 0 0
10 Manchester City 0 0
11 Manchester United 0 0
12 Newcastle United 0 0
13 Queens Park Rangers 0 0
14 Southampton 0 0
15 Stoke City 0 0
16 Sunderland 0 0
17 Swansea City 0 0
18 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0
19 West Bromwich Albion 0 0
20 West Ham United 0 0

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