LONDON, Sporting Alert – An in-form Arsenal will start massive favourites against a struggling Middlesbrough side at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
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The Gunners have won six straight in the Premier League and are the bookies favourites to make it seven in a row, which would hand manager Arsene Wenger the perfect 67th birthday present.
Arsenal have also won six of their last eight matches at home against Middlesbrough in the Premier League with the other two ending in draws.
They have scored 16 goals in the last six EPL games and conceded five times.
Middlesbrough’s form has been poor recently and after failing to win in the last six, including four defeats, Aitor Karanka men’s are heading in the wrong direction.
Arsenal will be without midfielder Granit Xhaka, who is suspended for the clash after picking up a red card in the 3-2 win over Swansea City last weekend.
Santi Cazorla remains doubtful after taking a knock against Ludogorets on Wednesday, while Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Per Mertesacker (knee) , Danny Welbeck (knee) and Olivier Giroud (toe) are all ruled out.
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Arsenal v Middlesbrough
TV and Radio: NBCSN, Arsenal Player, NBC Sports Live, TalkSport Radio World
Arsenal (squad): Cech, Ospina, Debuchy, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Koscielny, Mustafi, Gibbs, Monreal, Elneny, Coquelin, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott, Iwobi, Lucas, Akpom.
Middlesbrough (squad): Valdes, Guzan, Chambers, Friend, Barragan, Nsue, Da Silva, Ayala, Gibson, Espinosa, De Roon, Clayton, Ramirez, Forshaw, Downing, Stuani, Fischer, De Sart, Traore, Negredo, Nugent, Rhodes.
What Wenger Said:
“Well, from Wednesday night it looks like we have no big problems. The only uncertainty I have is Santi Cazorla, who got a kick. We’ll see how he is today but we have nobody coming back. Of course we lose Xhaka because he’s suspended and everybody else should be available.”
He added: “We live in a jungle where everybody wants to eat you and you have to survive by keeping your vigilance. Every day you have to fight again to survive.”
What Aitor Karanka said:
“Arsenal have their own style, but we have to think about ourselves and play in our way.”