Arsenal defeat Middlesbrough in the Premier LeaguePosted: May 9, 2017
Arsenal has boosted their hopes for advancing in the Premier League’s top four after the 1-2 win against Middlesbrough on April 17th.
The first half of the match was less intense. However, Alexis Sanchez managed to put an end to the clean score, making the opener from a free-kick 3 minutes before the break.
Middlesbrough made their answer very soon, with Alvaro Negredo’s equalizer from Stewart Downing’s cross in the 50th minute.
In the halftime of the second time, Mesut Ozil sealed the score with his shot at the near post, to secure the win for Arsenal.
For the Gunners, it has been a hard time lately, and they never lost five successive games since 1984. This time, when the odds were there, their boss, Arsene Wenger, decided to place a three-man defence, which was previously used by them in 1997.
Arsenal’s strategy with a three-man defence seemed to work, but the players still struggled with the change, and Boro was pressuring intensely in the early game. Arsenal rarely showed any gaps, and their opponents became more passive towards the second half.
Middlesbrough scored the fewest number of goals home in the whole Premier League season, which makes it 13 after this match. They still haven’t won a match during the whole current year, and with such future opponents as Manchester City and Chelsea, there is little chance that they could get out of the relegation zone.
With this win, Arsenal has moved to the sixth place in the league table with 3 points behind 5-placed Manchester United and 7 off Manchester City who are on the 4th.