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Friday, 26 December 2014

Arsenal vs QPR: team news and match preview

Arsenal will welcome back playmaker Tomas Rosicky and goalkeeper David Ospina for the Boxing Day clash with QPR at the Emirates Stadium after they recovered from thigh problems.

Laurent Koscielny (calf) and Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) will miss out against Harry Redknapp's side, but could return in the upcoming games against West Ham or Southampton.

Mikel Arteta (calf), Mesut Ozil (knee), Abou Diaby (calf), Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Serge Gnabry (knee) are sidelined.

QPR left-back Yun Suk-Young has been ruled out for a number of weeks with an ankle problem so misses the club's entire Christmas schedule.

Manager Harry Redknapp has revealed he has a number of knocks - "too many to list" - that will be assessed before the Boxing Day trip to Arsenal

Long-term injury casualties Sandro and Alejandro Faurlin (both knee) are definitely out.

Match Notes

Arsenal could not wish for better opponents in their bid to bounce back from a poor performance at Liverpool.

Although Queens Park Rangers have won three successive home games, they have been dreadful on the road this season - losing all eight away matches.

In-form striker Charlie Austin will fancy himself to cause Arsenal's defence some problems, but the pace of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck should be too much for QPR's slow back line.

Arsenal's provisional squad:Szczesny, Ospina, Gibbs, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Flamini, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez, Welbeck, Giroud, Martinez, Podolski, Sanogo, Campbell, Coquelin, Walcott, Rosicky, O'Connor, Maitland-Niles, Ajayi, Akpom.

QPR's provisional squad: Green, McCarthy, Murphy, Traore, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Dunne, Caulker, Hill, Henry, Barton, Fer, Mutch, Phillips, Kranjcar, Hoilett, Austin, Zamora.

Betting: Home 2-7, Away 10-1, Draw 4-1.

Stat of the game: Arsenal have only lost one Premier League match on Boxing Day.

Matt Law's prediction: Arsenal 3 QPR 1