It was a game that Arsenal simply could not afford not to win. Despite not impressing anyone, the Gunners got the job done at the Riverside Stadium, beat Middlesbrough 2-1, and remained alive in the fight for a top-four finish, thanks to goals by Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
I felt we were focused and committed. You could see we did not play with full confidence, but overall we really wanted to win
an obviously relieved Arsene Wenger told Sky Sports, partly lamenting his side’s inability to finish the game off earlier.
Second half, we missed the final ball when we could maybe have added one or two more and they created chances with crosses and set-pieces. There are still some chances where maybe we could have played better with some long balls, but the focus and commitment was there
the Arsenal manager said, before answering to a question regarding what he thought of when Middlesbrough equalized with Alvaro Negredo.
It was a testing point for us, mentally it was a moment when I felt that ‘now we’ll see where we go’. You could see the players have a good mentality, they wanted to win the game and they responded
the Frenchman replied. Arsenal are seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, with a game in hand.