Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Alexis Sanchez seen geeing up team-mates after Middlesbrough win

Alexis Sanchez seen geeing up team-mates after Middlesbrough win

The north London club had taken the lead through a first-half Alexis Sanchez free-kick, but were pegged back in the 50th minute by the hosts.

And Wenger's decision proved to be the correct one, as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil scored in a 2-1 win for the Gunners which moved them back into the top six - and kept Boro six points from safety.

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.

Time is completely running out for Arsene Wenger to try and at least save the Arsenal's season before he decides to part ways with the club in the most embarrassing manner.

Arsene Wenger on Arsenal's hopes of finishing in the top four: "For us, the clarity is there - we have to win every game to have a chance to get in the top four, starting tonight. Sometimes we want to have the ball but when a team lacks confidence just to change the system can help believe something different". We were tested mentally and we found a response to win the game.

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

Wenger's side are now seven points adrift of Manchester City in fourth, but do have a game in hand to play. Against Palace and West Brom, we had 70 per cent of the possession and we lost.

"I felt we were focused and committed".

"The end of the season will come very quickly and it is up to us to finish strongly".

"Middlesbrough gave everything. It's one of their last chances to stay in the league".

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

"We can do that, but also we will have to - had we not won against Middlesbrough I would have conceded that the top four was beyond us".

The introduction by Boro of pacy winger Adama Traore midway through the second half only added to the visitors' problems down their left side.

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