Arsenal secured a hard-fought three points at the Riverside Stadium on Monday night, a result which stops the rot for the north Londoners and keeps them in the hunt for a top four place.
Arsene Wenger switched to a back three for the away trip, with Rob Holding joining Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel in the centre, with Nacho Monreal and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the wing-backs.
The first-half was a dull affair with the visitors, not surprisingly, having the lion’s share of position but all too often lethargic with their passing.
However, just before the break, Alexis Sanchez broke the deadlock, via a superb free-kick which left a rather badly positioned Brad Guzan with no chance in the Boro’ goal.
Despite the shake-up at the back, the Gunners once again