BBC pundit on what he doesn’t expect from Arsenal’s encounter at QPR

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Arsenal’s clash with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has written in his BBC Sport prediction column that he doesn’t envisage Queens Park Rangers causing Arsenal many problems.

The Gunners had a disappointing result in the Champions League last week, but in typical fashion they bounced back to beat Everton 2-0 on Sunday, and Lawro forecasts another 2-0 win on Wednesday.

“Arsenal bounced back from their beating by Monaco with a routine win over Everton on Sunday and I really fancy them to win again at Loftus Road,” Lawro writes.

“The Gunners do suffer the odd poor result but they also seem to go five or six games without losing, which is why they are looking very good to make the top four again.

“I really don't see QPR posing them too many problems.”

Crisis at Arsenal?

While the Gunners came up woefully short in their Champions League clash against Monaco, it’s easy to forget that it was a mere blip during a run of impressive results and performances.

Over the past 11 matches in all competitions, Arsene Wenger’s men have won nine, and as well as sitting third in the Premier League table they are also through to the FA Cup quarter-final.

Realistically, triumphing in Europe was always going to be a tough ask and the reaction to their loss and the subsequent criticism that headed their way was blown way out of proportion.

The North Londoners are in the driving seat in the race for the top four, and given their vast array of attacking talent and relatively kind fixture list there is no reason to suggest they will come up short.

The Hoops will provide a tough test at a cramped Loftus Road, but all the signs point towards another Gunners victory and another step in qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

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