I just don’t even know any more. Arsenal have the talent to win these games, but for some reason they’re not winning them. So, what should be a relatively routine fixture against a Middlesbrough team that is almost certainly not going to be in the Premier League next year becomes, what? A cautionary tale? A big red DANGER sign? I don’t know what it becomes, but it’s definitely a game that I shouldn’t be dreading as much as I am.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Noon PT/3PM ET/8PM BT
Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Theo Walcott admitted after the Palace game that Palace “wanted it more”. Whether that’s true or not, Arsenal had better want it more this week - as I write this, fifth place Manchester United is a goal up on Chelsea at half time, which if that result holds, puts them six points up on Arsenal with eight games to play. I sound like a broken record, I know, but Arsenal, currently in seventh place, cannot afford to drop points here if they want to finish higher than that.
Cech and Koscielny are about “eighty per cent” likely to be available tomorrow, according to Le Boss. Other than that, Lucas Perez and David Ospina are still hurt but otherwise Arsenal are healthy.
Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Coquelin; Walcott, Ozil, Welbeck; Alexis
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