Another midweek match, another chance for hilarity.
In addition to our extensive pre-match coverage of the game, we’ve gotten our writers together for a short prediction on how they think the game will pan out.
And if you think we’re just going to throw these predictions out there and then forget about them, fear not.
We’ll be back to take a look at how we did and laughing at the person who got it wrong more than anyone else.
Lee Hurley Win 2-0
Like Helen, I think we will see Arsenal take a cautious approach to this game, despite the uplifting win against Everton at the weekend. If we make sure we are set and solid then we will have too much up-top for QPR and take all three points.
Act like idiots who’ve overdosed on stupid pills and all hell will break loose.
Thankfully, as Helen also mentions, with Monaco still very fresh in everyone’s minds, that’s unlikely to happen.
Basically, I should have just cut and pasted her prediction because it’s much better than mine because no-one is going to believe I wrote it before reading hers and added the ‘like Helen’ bits in afterwards.
Prediction: Tidy, professional 2-0 win.
Helen Trantum Win 2-0
Arsene applied the classic handbrake on Sunday and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a reappearance here either. You’d hope for a repeat of the comfortable performance on Boxing Day (up until Oli got himself sent off) but away from home we have only scored more than two goals once – the 3-0 thrashing of a sorry Aston Villa.
QPR, despite their reputation for having a significantly better record at home than away, have struggled on their own patch against the top seven teams though, with a 2-2 draw with Man City their only points garnered.
I expect to see some rotation, particularly in light of QPR’s rest at the weekend. Santi is well overdue a rest though that will hinge to some extent on the availability of Coquelin, and Walcott surely must get a run out in a bid to build his confidence. Rosicky is another who could and should come in.
I’d like to think this is a game where we can get our football flowing again, and an early goal could change the complexion of the evening. In particular it would be nice to put this game out of QPR’s reach so that they can concentrate on conserving energy for Spurs at the weekend.
I’m not convinced we’ll get it though – I think it’s hit and miss if the Sours rejects can get a goal, but that’ll likely depend more on us than them. If the Ox plays, I think he’ll have a lot of success against their questionable fullbacks, but either way I think our Champions League debacle will still be too fresh in the memory for us to go gung-ho.
Prediction: A repeat of Sunday’s stilted but professional performance – 2-0.
Stephen Bradley Win 3-1
If you were looking for the perfect couple of games to find form in after the Monaco debacle, then you couldn’t do much better than playing Everton after an Europa League game, then follow that with a trip to a QPR side struggling with both form and injuries.
It must be tempting to think of this game as an opportunity to rest one or two players, but with Liverpool flying right now, any chance to get three points must be prioritised. Anyway, we don’t play again until Monday, which is handy little break to have.
I’d expect to see the same side that started against Everton, but if Coquelin can’t play (and who could blame him after having to bring his face home in a plastic box.) we might be forced into playing Chambers at DM again.
Luckily, Leroy Fer is missing for QPR, so the need for a top quality defensive presence in midfield is negated.
Despite their poor form, QPR are rested and will run at us from the off but I can see us picking them off on the counter at will.
Prediction: Arsenal 3-1.
Paul Williams Draw 1-1
A record of four wins from our last five fixtures against QPR doesn’t tell the whole story for me.
Frankly, despite the fact that they are a bit rubbish, games against them always seem to be a bit of struggle.
A tight pitch, close crowd and a Rangers team likely to be revved up could pose problems for an Arsenal team not at full throttle.
Prediction: I don’t see us losing, but maybe not winning either. 1-1.
Sylvain Jamet Win 2-0
Squad rotation should see some players back in the team like Mertesacker or Walcott maybe. I’m expecting an Arsenal win, while hoping for another clean sheet and a couple of goals.
Prediction: 2-0 Arsenal
Lewis Ambrose Win 2-1
Loftus Road is never a great place to go, especially under the floodlights and against a big team, when the fans can really get on top if you as they’re so close to the pitch.
If we can keep the ball for a while and keep them quiet our evening will be a whole lot easier, but I just don’t see us doing that right now.
I’m expecting another game of sitting off and growing into the game, as once again we should have more than enough talent going forward to pick off what is a pretty poor side.
They have looked a lot better under Chris Ramsey – Southampton were really lucky to win there – and I’m anticipating a nervous evening.
Prediction: QPR 1-2 Arsenal
Nia Griffiths Win 3-1
With QPR currently hovering precariously above the relegation zone and us currently enjoying a good run of results in the Premier League, the stage is set for us to win comfortably.
However, although our results have been decent, our performances haven’t always been and in our last couple of matches we’ve looked tired and, honestly, a little bored.
Additionally, we always seem nervous as hell away against QPR.
Hopefully Loftus Road is the place for us to build on our positive Premier League results and win convincingly.
I do think we’ll concede, although I said that before the Everton game and we managed to keep a clean sheet, but I always like to err on the side of caution.
QPR will be more than happy to sit back, probably delighted to just stop us from scoring and, if they can, grab a goal on the break or set piece.
I suspect Alexis will be getting antsy so will move heaven and earth to get a goal.
Prediction: Arsenal to win 3-1 and Giroud will also probably score. I reckon Ozil will grab one as well.
Sean Ferguson Win 2-1
We’ll hopefully see a decent amount of squad rotation against QPR.
I’d like to see Walcott, Nacho, Rosicky and Welbeck come in with Alexis, Gibbs, Cazorla and The Ox being rested.
Hopefully we can try out the Gabriel/Kos partnership again after the clean sheet on Sunday and Le Coq can get over the Giroud in the face.
QPR are a very poor team but may benefit from having the best part of 10 days rest.
At home, they have been in some fairly decent form but if we’re serious about finishing in the top three/challenging Manchester City for second then we need to be winning these games.
I can see this game being a lot tighter that it should be with a few typical scares at the back.
Prediction: I’m going to go for a 2-1 win.
Mark Fine Win 2-0
QPR were poor under Harry Redknapp and are possibly even worse under Chris Ramsey, who was made permanent last month. They’ve only won one of their last 9; a 2-0 win over Sunderland in Ramsey’s second official game at the helm.
QPR will be rested because their match at the weekend versus Tottenham was postponed until 7th March due to the League Cup final, however, they will be without Premier League bad-boy Joey Barton, whose 8th and 9th yellow cards in eight games came in their last match; a 1-2 loss to Hull.
He’ll be watching this one from the stands.
Their leading scorer, Charlie Austi,n is coming off a slight knee injury suffered in their match against Sunderland and may be available but they will be without Leroy Fer, who did his MCL in the same game.
Gaining some renewed confidence from the Everton win against a lesser opponent, we’ll either come in expecting a win, or we’ll really work for it, since QPR have become as physical as Stoke.
Prediction: This could be one that we win quite easily, but could just as easily come out of this with more than a few injuries. 2-0 to the Arsenal
Anita Sambol Win 2-0
I expect a win, no matter how, who, or how many.
We have to keep our form and not fall back in race for top for (while shooting for second place). It’s a relatively easy opponent, we have barely any injuries and good Premier League form so the only issue will be who will play DM.
I really hope AW will rest Alexis, at least.
QPR should be an easier task than what’s coming next.
Prediction: 2-0 win