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The Gunners, currently 6th in the table, saw three unlikely points slip away last time out when they conceded an injury time away to Liverpool.
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Despite being outclassed in terms of possession and chances, Arsenal were clinical when required scoring from their first two shots on target however they couldn’t hold on with Martin Skrtel heading home deep into added time.
The Slovakian’s goal led to criticism of the Londoners defenders with Per Mertesacker coming under pressure for his poor marking. The German has received the backing of his manager as too as the clubs injury record.
A report in the Daily Telegraph suggests Arsenal have had 25 injuries this season, the most in the Premier League, with 14 of those classified as muscular injuries.
Arsenal will be once again be without key men with influential pair Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey for the visit of QPR.
The duo are suffering with calf and hamstring injuries, respectively, but are in line to return against either West Ham or Southampton.
They will watch from the stands alongside fellow absentee’s Mikel Arteta (calf), Mesut Ozil (knee), Abou Diaby (calf), Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Serge Gnabry (knee).
According to Wenger however the world cup is to blame and not his backroom staff.
“We have to consider every injury individually. Most of the injuries we’ve had are joint problems and accidental problems and there are post-World Cup traumatic injuries,” said Wenger, ahead of the Boxing Day clash with QPR.
“The only muscular problems we have had consistently this year are Arteta and Ramsey. Ramsey is quite surprising because he’s young and has good stamina and we haven’t really found out why.
“Let’s not forget, we’ve played eight Champions League games since the start of the season and when your bodies are not really prepared and you go Wednesday night to Besiktas and Saturday to Sunderland, it’s demanding.
“Is that the only explanation? I don’t know but I cannot deny that we’ve had more injuries than planned.”
Wenger will welcome back playmaker Tomas Rosicky and goalkeeper David Ospina for the clash with the Hoops.
QPR for their part will definitely be without long-term injury casualties Sandro and Alejandro Faurlin (both knee) while 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.
Charlie Austin will hope to build on his hat-trick last time out. The forward has impressed this season and has also scored on the road against Southampton and Chelsea on his way to 11 premier league goals.