Danny Welbeck is relishing the chance to play against former Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand.
Arsenal face Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Wednesday and it will be the second time the two have competed against each other since leaving Old Trafford last summer.
The Gunners came out on top in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day and Welbeck is looking forward to more individual battles with Ferdinand.
"You want to beat them even more and sometimes there’s a bit of banter on the pitch as well"
“Me and Rio are pretty close,” he said. “I still speak to him today. Coming through United as a young kid, Rio was there for me a lot giving advice, as were all the other older players. It will be good to play against him in a competitive game.
“You don’t really need any extra motivation - you always want to go out and get that win, beat your man, and you always want to get the better of whoever you’re playing against.
“However, having that relationship on the pitch with somebody you know quite well means you want to beat them even more and sometimes there’s a bit of banter on the pitch as well.
“We know it’s going to be tough. QPR are going to come out at us and try to get the points that they need to stay in the Premier League but we’re still third in the Premier League and that’s something we want to build on to get further up.”
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