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08:55 25th October 2012

by @OfficialQPR

Spaniard looks ahead to Arsenal fixture

SPANISH midfielder Esteban Granero is confident the R’s hard work will begin to pay off, as QPR prepare for Saturday’s trip to Arsenal.

Rangers travel to the Emirates buoyed by an improved display in the 1-1 draw against Everton on Sunday and Granero believes it is only a matter of time before the R’s hard work – both in training and on matchdays – bears fruit.

"Everyone was speaking very highly of Everton before Sunday's game and rightly so, but I felt we dominated the match,” he told

"We played very well 11 versus 11, but when they went down to ten they made it very difficult for us.

"We created some good chances and I think we were unlucky, but if we play like this the results will definitely come.”

He added: "We are improving a lot. We trained very hard during the international break, working on a lot of things.

"We have to keep positive and the results will come, I am confident of that.”

Granero’s early season form has been one of very few highlights for Mark Hughes’s side so far this term, but the former Real Madrid ace takes little comfort from his own displays, insisting results matter most.

"I am happy with my form, but it is secondary,” he said.

"The most important thing is the team and getting points on the board. When we win that first game everything will fall into place for us.

"Saturday represents us with another opportunity. We don't feel as though we are too far away.”

Saturday’s trip to the Emirates will provide Rangers with another huge test, but with the Gunners seemingly struggling to hit top gear in recent weeks, Granero is in buoyant mood and will take comfort from the R’s previously impressive displays against fellow London clubs, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

"Saturday is a big game,” he added.

“We know we can play against the top sides as we have proved.

"Arsenal are a great team with very high class, quality players. They are one of the best teams in the Premier League.

"They wouldn't have expected to lose to Norwich last weekend, so they will want to respond. Arsenal won't want to lose two league games in a row.

"But we want the victory as well. We want the first three points of the season, so we will work hard and hopefully cause them problems.”

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