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【ENG PR】Middlesbrough vs Arsenal F

2017-04-17 18:13:33 | Author: | Source:whoscored
Abstract:Prediction: Middlesbrough 0-1Arsenal

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Steve Agnew has revealed he has a fully fit squad for the reception of Arsenal on Monday night which could lead to some changes to the team. Calum Chamber is the only player unavailable due to the terms in his loan agreement with parent club Arsenal.


Arsenal should recieve a boost on Monday night after Arsene Wenger confirmed he is hopeful both Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny will be fit to return to first-team action for the trip to Middlesbrough.

Alexis Sanchez prefers playing out wide and this could see Olivier Giroud come into the team following Danny Welbeck's troubles leading the line.

Wenger would be wise to make some changes after their utterly embarassing defeat to Palace, where the fans turned on the players. Theo Walcott, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny could all lose their places in the team as a result.

David Ospina and Lucas Perez are still sidelined alongside Santi Cazorla.



Middlesbrough are six points adrift of safety and should really be looking for a positive result from this match with Arsenal in disarray. The only problems are Boro haven't won in the Premier League since before Christmas and they don't score goals, which may be a problem even against this current Arsenal defence.

Arsenal have lost four consecutive away matches in the Premier League for the first time since April 1995 - they've not lost five in a row since December 1984. It would be even more humilating for Arsene Wenger if they were to lose here, against the side with the worst attack in England's top four divisions (22 goals scored).

Boro held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture earlier in the season but haven't found the back of the net against the Gunners in any of their last three meetings. Two of the last three meetings between the sides at the Riverside Stadium have ended in a 1-1 draw, but the last was back in 2008. Arsenal should come away with all three points, but it may not be pretty.

Prediction:  Middlesbrough 0-1Arsenal



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