Sanchez and Ozil end Arsenal's 3-month wait for EPL away win

Apr 20, 2017, 08:52
Sanchez and Ozil end Arsenal's 3-month wait for EPL away win

After initially falling behind to an Alexis Sanchez free kick, Boro started the second half brilliantly, with Alvaro Negredo volleying home just five minutes after the restart.

Boro still sit in 19th place in the league, six points off 17th placed Hull, and safety, although fans will be encouraged that Boro have a game in hand over some of their survival competitors.

Their focus immediately switched to Sunday's FA Cup semi-final showdown with Manchester City at Wembley, and Oxlade-Chamberlain is hoping for more of the same after something of a recalibration ahead of the battling 2-1 win at the Riverside Stadium.

Back in the 2007-08, the Togo frontman, who now plays for Turkish Super Lig side Istanbul Basaksehir, set the North Londoners' record for away goals scored in the top flight when he netted 14 as Wenger's team finished third.

"The gap hasn't been getting any bigger, but now we are getting to the stage where we need to win".

At least Arsenal's trip to Teesside began far more smoothly than their previous away game at Crystal Palace when they were caught in London traffic and arrived shortly before the kick-off.

Wenger had made the sort of selection decisions that he usually reserves for cup ties against teams from lower divisions.

His tactical alterations did not provide instant results, although they did enjoy the bulk of the early possession and Olivier Giroud's claims for a penalty when he was floored by Daniel Ayala certainly had some merit.

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"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".

The north Londoners had fashioned very few chances, but they broke the deadlock three minutes before half-time with a touch of class from Sanchez.

A foul by Adam Clayton on the edge of the area was a gift for Sanchez, the Chilean star flighted his free-kick over the wall and inside the post.

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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.

Guzan was quick off his line to prevent Ozil from converting Sanchez's exquisite through-ball two minutes later, but there was little the American keeper could do to deny the German from restoring the Gunners' lead on 71 minutes.

However, the outcome was different in their next confrontation eight minutes later.

However, Sanchez was involved again with a cross that was chested down by Aaron Ramsey, leaving Ozil with the opportunity to drill Arsenal back in front from close range.