Welcome to a new feature on Arsenal.com - Talking Heads.

Before and after every first-team fixture our MatchDay Show team - and an Arsenal blogger - will have their say on the match.

Arsenal take on Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League on Saturday and our Talking Heads for this game were Dan Roebuck, Martin Hayes and David Alexander of Arsenal Addict.

Read on for their post-match comments and recap what they said before the game.

Dan Roebuck - Arsenal Live

This was not a game Arsenal played well in and nobody could really argue that QPR were not the better side over the 90 minutes. It is disappointing to see this magnificent run come to an  end in such a manner but Arsenal cannot dwell on the defeat ahead of what promises to be a thrilling encounter against Manchester City. There aren't too many positives to take but Theo Walcott did himself no harm once more and probably looked Arsenal's brightest prospect going forward. Thomas Vermaelen was not at his best but questions must also be raised as to how much space Samba Diakite was allowed for the second goal. With Tottenham and Chelsea back on track, the battle for Champions League football is far from over. In fact, I think it is just getting started.

Third place is in sight and it's still Arsenal's to lose. They've swept aside all who have stood before them in recent weeks and now face a QPR side who have not taken to life in the Premier League quite as they would have hoped. It's been a rocky road all year long for Mark Hughes' side and it is difficult to see them coming away from this game with anything. The loss of Djibril Cisse to suspension is a significant one but despite that there is plenty of quality left in the ranks. Bobby Zamora caused problems for Arsenal in both fixtures against Fulham this season, Adel Taraabt can turn a game in an instant and Jamie Mackie is a hard-working midfielder who has taken to the division well. It's not really happened for them this year but Arsenal will be taking nothing for granted against the league strugglers. Either way, I'll be backing a 2-0 away win.

Martin Hayes

Unfortunately it was a frustrating day for Arsenal at Loftus Road. It wasn't a vintage performance by any means, they looked a bit flat and Queens Park Rangers made it hard for them. They frustrated Arsenal and punished them dearly for a couple of mistakes. Arsenal paid the price and never really looked like getting back into the game, especially after Diakite made it 2-1. It felt like one of those days and I know that some fans will look at it with doom and gloom but it does happen. It's one defeat in eight games and, ultimately, the first requirement is to finish in the top four. Third is a bonus and it's all to play for with Manchester City coming to Emirates Stadium next weekend. It will be a great game and fingers crossed Arsenal can put pressure on them.

I have to be honest and say I have been pleasantly surprised by the run that Arsenal have put together. I wasn't convinced that they could get themselves back in the race a couple of months ago but since then they have gone about their business really well and have been solid and consistent. Now it is in their hands if they want to play in the Champions League which, two months ago, seemed unthinkable. The biggest fear is that teams like QPR are the sort that take points off the teams at the top because sometimes a bit of complacency creeps in. Everything about the game points to Arsenal winning easily but QPR are now fighting for their lives and that makes them a very dangerous beast. It looks to me as though they have brought in some big names and the players have just under-performed. You look at their team on paper and they could be a top eight side. Those players can turn up on the day and hurt you but it just hasn't happened for them this season. Fingers crossed they are a good team to play at the moment so I will go for a 3-1 Arsenal win.



I’d been worrying about the QPR game for days and it had 'banana skin' written all over it. There were hints of complacency and that is something that must frustrate the manager tremendously. We were slow to the ball, lethargic in the tackle and, to be honest, it would take a very red-tinted fan to think we deserved to win the game. Van Persie going through and seeing Kenny save his shot early in the second half was a pivotal moment. Had he scored, QPR would have crumbled I’m sure but the save inspired them to push forward again. Our midfield was sloppy, the defence was more uncertain than it's been for a while and RVP had little support in attack. It was a horrible day at the office and will give our top-four rivals encouragement. There is still a long way to go but we must ensure there are no more slip-ups before the end of the season.

On a seven-game winning run, three points should be attainable for Arsenal on Saturday. QPR's problems this season don't seem to rest purely on attack or defence but the absence of the suspended Djibril Cisse will help us. Mark Hughes' sides often give us problems and as Rangers showed last week against Liverpool, they're capable of winning games if they're given half a chance. While Joey Barton may well be excluded once again, depriving our travelling fans of a pantomime villain, Bobby Zamora is a serious threat and we'll need Laurent Koscielny back if at all possible. Arsène Wenger has done well to ensure the players take one game at a time, and of course we're still only three points above our neighbours with tricky games to come. What is required is a professional performance, no showboating and some clinical finishing. Goal difference may be a factor at the season's end.

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2 Apr 2012