Arsenal took on Middlesbrough on Monday night football at Riverside stadium and it turned out to be a very competitive game where Arsenal took the lead just before half time thanks to Alexis Sanchez goal in 42nd minute but Middlesbrough hit back just after the half time when Alvaro Negredo put the ball in the back of the net to make it 1-1 on the night.
Middlesbrough 1-1 Arsenal Highlights
[ English Premier League 2017 Match ]
42′ 0 – 1 Alexis Sanchez
50′ 1 – 1 Alvaro Negredo
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.