Arsenal were held at home by stubborn Middlesbrough side who frustrated gunners throughout the game and actually had better chances of winning the game. Arsenal however still join top of the table with 20 points after 9 league games in the season.
Arsenal are set to take on Middlesbrough in the Premier League game on Saturday afternoon where a win will put them top of the table. The match will be played at the Emirates Stadium in London starting at around traditional saturday kickoff of 3pm. There won’t be any live TV coverage in the UK for this game.
Arsenal are coming into this game on the back of massive 6 straight wins and they are currently on a 7 game winning streak in all competition. Middlesbrough on the other hand has only won once so far in the league and they are one of the favourites to go down this season. Wenger conceded in his pre-match press conference that he finally has a team to challenge for premier league title. But as we move to November and December this is the time were Arsenal’s form usually sufferes and they will be playing important games against Spurs, Manchester United and Man City during this period. So its pivotal they keep winning three points at home against bottom table teams.
Team News & Lineups: Wenger made four changes in starting lineup where Arsenal defeated Ludogorets in the champions league and we can safely assume he will revert back to his trusted 4-2-3-1 system with Ozil, Walcot and Iwobi playing in attacking roles behind Alexis Shances. Granit Xhaxa and Cazorla should start in central midfield roles while Nacho Monreal to play left back. Petr Cech will also return in goal.
Middlesbrough on the other hand set to keep similar system with Negredo playing upfront while Downing, Stuani and Ramerez to start in attacking roles. This is how I expect both teams to lineup.
Predictions: Theo Walcott, Sanchez and Ozil are in such great form at the moment its hard to see Arsenal dropping points at home against anyone let alone struggling Middlesbrough side who sit 17th in the table after 8 league games. Ozil will be the key for Arsenal who now possess a proper goal threat going forward. I am going with a 2-0 win for Arsenal in this one.