Before every Arsenal fixture, we’ll bring you a Scouting Report on the Gunners’ next opponents.

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson will give his pre-match view and you can get his post-match verdict in our Talking Tactics feature on Arsenal Player.

Arsène Wenger and his side face Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League at Emirates Stadium on Saturday so, to find out more, we also asked journalist Yann Tear for his thoughts and analysis.

Stewart Robson

"Heidar Helguson is the biggest threat to Arsenal. He has caused problems in the air to most centre halves this season. Armand Traore returns to Arsenal as the first-choice left back, but having watched him a lot this year, he is still making the same positional mistakes that hindered his Gunners career. Alejandro Faurlin has been their best midfield player both with and without the ball."

Scouting Report - Tactics

"There's been a lot of chopping and changing in this QPR side at the moment. Neil Warnock has probably used more players than he would have wanted to in order to find the right formula, partly because of injuries and partly through a lack of form. There's not been too much stability in the line-up so the team that drew with Swansea last weekend may take on a different shape.

"It's difficult to predict who might be in the back four because they've had Clint Hill in central defence over Danny Gabbidon. They're currently still without Anton Ferdinand too I believe, so that has caused a problem for them as well.

"They have had situations this year where it's been Helguson leading the line with Taraabt just behind him in that roaming role. It has advanced into something a bit more modern from the 4-4-2 that they had last year in the Championship. Overall they try to play 4-3-3 or 4-5-1 really.

"I should think that they will be a little more cautious when they come to the Emirates, although I would have thought that they would get more joy if they'd be more adventurous. I'd say it's likely that they might adopt a 4-5-1 formation which they might like to call 4-3-3. It could well be just Helguson up front on his own again.

"I think most teams should know that their best option is to have a go when they come to a place like this, although we've seen that some teams have had success by frustrating Arsenal. Fulham and Wolves both did that recently.

"Neil Warnock has not been too happy with his defence in the last month and they have not been solid. They were much better against Swansea but then they weren't really that threatening. It's difficult to guess how it will go because QPR are just so unpredictable this season. You can't pin down a formation, or personnel. Some weeks they can be really good defensively and then look abysmal the next. That's the joy of watching them at the moment, you can get absolutely anything.

"The goalkeeper, Paddy Kenny, has been great. He's a great keeper and has had an excellent season so far. He was excellent last season, very consistent, and may well frustrate Arsenal. It'll also be interesting to see how Jamie Mackie performs, who has looked very good out wide so far. Then obviously you have Taraabt, who is the flair player in the side. He's got something to prove and is putting himself in the shop window at the moment really.

"I haven't been able to predict any of Rangers' results this season! I think because Arsenal dropped points against Wolves they will be favourites to make amends and win this one. But some of QPR's best performances this season have come away and I don't think it's beyond the realms of possibility that they can get a draw out of it."

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    30 Dec 2011