Arsenal Football Club Vs Middlesbrough Football Club
Arsenal against Middlesbrough match ended up in a draw the score was 0:0. However, Middlesbrough shows better gameplay than Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Middlesbrough had the better opportunities in the 1st half but unfortunately, Gaston Ramirez twice went too close While Adama Traore was pressured by Petr Cech with one on one. The Gunners forward Alexis Sanchez keeps penetrating the defense but Victor Valdes defense was outstanding, But the gunners could look for away since they are dominating the ball possession but cannot pass through the defense of the Middlesbrough squad. As the result of the draw, Arsenal remains to be undefeated on their last 8th English Premier League games and stays at Rank 2. Meanwhile, Middlesbrough has been moved out since this was their fourth draw in nine games with this season.
Arsenal did great when it comes to ball possession gaining 72% of the possession in the first half. But lacked in offensive play as Middlesbrough hits the Gunners with impressive counter-attacks. Middlesbrough should have been taking the lead at the 20th-minute mark. As Adama Traore dispossessing ball from Laurent Koscielny and follows some careless defending. He attempted to score but it was way too easy for Petr Cech to block the shot from close range.
Gaston Ramirez, unfortunately, hit the crossbar from a free kick from 20 yards. Petr Cech shows some wonderful plays as he can keep blocking the attempted strikes of the Middlesbrough squad. Alexis Sanchez forcing a shot for the second time but it seems that Victor Valdes can read the strikers mind and always ready to block. Gaston Ramirez did have another opportunity to take the lead later in the half, but unluckily his far post header in the close range has been saved by the Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech such an impressive lifesaving gameplay for Arsenal.
The Arsenal started the second half with their brightest performance. Alexis Sanchez released another attacked again watches the ball crossing out over the head of Laurent Koscielny. But it’s not enough to deliver the goal and take the lead. What an aggressive play for Alexis Sanchez as he tries to attack again with a free hit kick but the ball went inches wide of the left-hand post. Again a loss opportunity again from Arsenal with the weak effort Alexis Sanchez despite having a fine position on the right was been collected by Victor Valdes.
Middlesbrough almost won the match against the Arsenal. As Adama Traore passes the ball to Alvaro Negredo through the goal on the left side of the area. But Laurent Koscielny’s excellent last-ditch tackle makes the Spaniard frustrated. Arsenal Mesut Ozil also had tried to make a goal in the final minutes however, the ball went offside. Middlesbrough looks like did a better performance on Arsene Wenger’s 67th birthday. The Man-of-the-match was Adama Traore as had showed a wonderful performance in terms of defense and offense.
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