Victor Valdes has 'massive part to play', says Middlesbrough boss Steve Agnew

Sanchez scored a brilliant free-kick and although Boro hit back through Alvaro Negredo, Arsene Wenger's team showed some resolve and found a victor through Mesut Ozil. Sanchez, Ozil and Granit Xhaka celebrated the win as if it were a cup final, that's how important it was.

After the game, a proud Agnew praised the determination of his side.

Antonio Conte's side slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on weekend and Spurs' form has seen them move just four points behind them.

According to Ramsey, Arsenal's under-fire players have been roughing each other up a bit in training recently - and Dixon loves it. This won't be a high-quality game, but we think that Middlesbrough's weakness will grant Arsenal a clean sheet - we can't, however, justify backing Arsenal in the match outcome markets.

The Leicester captain has missed the past five games with a back injury but manager Craig Shakespeare has admitted he could be fast-tracked to get him ready.

"Boro need to win to have any realistic chance of maintaining their PL status but they continue to struggle in front of goal and I expect a positive reaction from the Gunners after the criticism they so richly deserved at Selhurst Park".

Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton refuses to give up hope of survival and believes that one win would help them turn the corner in the closing stages of the season.

"It's going to be tough, we know that", he said.

"Arsenal are still one of the best teams in the world, they are not in a good moment but they have a lot of high quality players that will come here to play against us". "We need to get a win as soon as possible and change the face of it".

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