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Arsenal need all three points at Loftus Road to push on

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Arsenal face an away trip to QPR on Wednesday night, and they'll be keen to secure all three points before their FA Cup match at Old Trafford next week.

Getting the win at Loftus Road will be far from easy though. Arsenal may have cruised comfortably past a mediocre Everton side, but their Champions League horror show against AS Monaco will still be in the minds of the players and fans who arrive in West London tomorrow night.

Despite the poor performances of late, I don't think anyone is expecting anything but an Arsenal win. However, as we saw against Monaco, Arsenal can not afford to underestimate their opponents. Ok, QPR are not European quality, and realistically, we're expecting them to roll over, but they do have players in their squad that can cause Arsenal some problems and are a tough proposition at home.

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Surely they can't drop more points!

Loftus Road has never been the easiest place to go to for The Gunners. Many Arsenal fans will remember their trip in March 2012, where Adel Taarabt and Samba Diakite goals sank the North London side to a 2-1 loss.

Although I can't see Arsenal messing it up, they've been misfiring in recent weeks and have struggled to create or convert clear chances. They will need to be ruthless against a QPR defence that, although far from weak, has plenty of gaps that can be exploited. Arsenal need players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to step up and control of the game; something they've failed to do in recent weeks.

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Where's the threat going to come from?

We all know, give Charlie Austin a chance at goal and he can make Arsenal pay. Matt Phillips has been on great form for QPR in recent weeks, and he can cause Arsenals full backs plenty of problems. Leroy Fer will be trying to break up play and be a physical presence for QPR, battling a very technical and quick Arsenal midfield.

Under pressure!

Arsene Wenger is under immense pressure at the minute. Arsenal fans have been divided most of this season in regards to the Frenchman's reign at the club. A win is vital for Wenger, and will want a convincing victory to restore some faith amongst the fans.

Prediction:

QPR 1 - 4 Arsenal

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