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Arsenal plays host to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday as the English Premier League resumes after the third round of game in the Champions League took place during the week.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks to get his club back into winning form after two shocking losses in a row. The Gunners where outplayed and outfought during their last league fixture against Norwich City and suffered a surprising loss at home against Schalke 04 in the group stage of the Champions League.
"We have hit the wall a little bit in the last two games, and just did not find our rhythm," Wenger told reporters during a press conference.
"We are still in a strong position in the Champions League, what is important for us now is to bounce back and have a good result in the Premier League," he added.
To make the task harder for Wenger is the fact that he has several regular starters sidelined with injury.
Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is facing questions regarding his fitness, but defender Kieran Gibbs and forward Theo Walcott are still unavailable. Goalkeepers Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski are also out along with midfielder Abou Diaby and winger Tomas Rosicky.
One positive for Arsenal is the possibility that full-back Bacary Sagna could return against QPR after recovering from a broken leg.
For Mark Hughes and QPR the situation is far more desperate given that the club currently sits in last place in the league and has only earned three points from three draws so far this season.
To add to QPR's misfortune team, captain Park Ji-sung is slated as doubtful for the game at the Emirates after the former Manchester United midfielder suffered a knee injury during the 1-1 draw against Everton in the team's last fixture
"When you play the bigger teams and they get it right you can be in a whole lot of hurt if eight or nine of them play to their full potential," QPR center-back Ryan Nelsen told reporters during a press conference.
"But on the flip side, that can be reversed as well. If they're off their game, we can cause them problems," he added.
Kick-off for the match is at 10:00 a.m. EDT and can be watched online here.