Rejuvenated Arsenal beat Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium

Hazel Gray
April 20, 2017

Sanchez returned to form during Arsenal's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough on Monday, scoring a free-kick before Mesut Ozil bagged the victor after Alvaro Negredo's earlier equaliser.

"We have to win every game to have a chance to get in the top four", said Wenger, who has yet to finish outside the top four in his 21-year reign.

Manager Arsene Wenger made six changes to the team that lost to Crystal Palace as well as a new formation, switching to a back three, not seen from Wenger since 1997.

While Arsenal are seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, they do have a game in hand and will be looking to make a push for the last slot for next season's Champions League.

It may not have been vintage Arsenal but, it was a much-needed win.

"The players were awesome, I couldn't ask any more of them", he said.

"I went with three at the back to give more reassurance to the team especially as we were up against a team which we thought might have played a direct game".

"We were tested mentally and we found a response to win the game". Hopefully that will give us a bit more confidence.

"I've played once before in a back three and it was actually here on my Championship debut with Bolton", Holding told Arsenal's official website.

"We've been there ourselves when you come into the training ground the day after the game and it's hard to lift yourself".

Stewart Downing was released down the right on the break and allowed time to cut inside and clip a fine cross towards the six-yard box, where Negredo rose to prod the ball past Cech and into the net.

Speaking on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football, Carragher said: "They'll have been stung by the criticism this week". We were tested just after half-time when they came back to 1-1.

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