Middlesbrough 1 Arsenal 2 live as it happened: Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez secure win; EPL highlights

Vaishali Bhardwaj
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Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil secured Arsenal's first Premier League win on the road in three months on Monday, with the 2-1 victory at Middlesbrough reviving the Gunners' pursuit of Champions League qualification.

Sanchez curled in a free kick right before half-time that was cancelled out at the start of the second half by Alvaro Negredo. Sanchez played a part in Arsenal's match-winner as his cross was chested down by Aaron Ramsey for Ozil to smash home with 20 minutes remaining.

Arsenal, whose last away win came at Swansea on January 14, moved into sixth place. Although Manchester City are seven points ahead in the fourth Champions League place, Arsene Wenger's side have a game in hand with seven still to play.

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TEAM NEWS

Middlesbrough XI: Guzan, Barragan, Ayala, Gibson, Da Silva, Clayton, de Roon, Leadbitter, Ramirez, Negredo, Downing
Subs: Konstantopoulos, Friend, Bernardo, Bamford, Gestede, Forshaw, Traore

Arsenal XI: Cech, Gabriel, Koscielny, Holding, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Xhaka, Monreal, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud
Subs: Gibbs, Walcott, Iwobi, Bellerin, Martinez, Coquelin, Elneny

Referee: Anthony Taylor

WHAT THEY SAID

Arsene Wenger: "When I speak about mental test it is to perform, no matter what the circumstances are around you. Is [my future] an influence? I'd say I hope not.

"But what is for sure is that in the last three months there has been no consistency, especially away from home. At home we have not been disastrous in the quality of performance."

Steve Agnew: "Of course [Arsenal] are in a difficult moment, certainly away from home. But they have got top-quality players throughout the team, so we have no doubt it will be a really, really difficult game.

"It is a challenge because he's got top, top players through the squad. It's full of internationals and Arsene Wenger, in my opinion, is one of the most talented coaches there's been around for many years."

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