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Middlesbrough v Arsenal predictions, betting tips & match preview: Arsenal to stop the rot away from home

Leigh Copson 12 Apr 2017
  • Middlesbrough v Arsenal kicks off at 20:00 BST on Monday
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Arsene Wenger (credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Middlesbrough v Arsenal predictions for Monday’s Premier League game. Can Arsenal avoid another embarrassing away day when they visit lowly Middlesbrough on Easter Monday? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

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It is becoming increasingly difficult to see Arsene Wenger still being Arsenal manager next season, even if the bookmakers are odds-on about that being the case. Last Monday night’s pathetic showing in the 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace has been heavily criticised and pundits have suggested that sort of defeat results in managers losing their job. Wenger is no ordinary manager, but his position is becoming almost untenable with more and more supporters turning on the Frenchman.

And to be honest, who can blame them. Arsenal supporters are charged the highest ticket prices in Europe and their support has not been rewarded with a great deal of silverware in recent years, aside from a few FA Cup successes. It has been over a decade since they last won the Premier League title and if they carry on going the way they are, this could be the year they finally finish outside of the top four. And to make matters worse, bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur are flying.

Former players are not holding back in their assessment of the situation either. John Hartson tore into the players in the wake of that loss to Palace and ex-defender Martin Keown has questioned whether or not Arsenal will even finish in the top seven. Club legend Ian Wright, meanwhile, believes the club are enduring the “worst” time that he can remember.

“[Wenger] looks like a lost man – it just seems to be mounting up,” Wright said during a recent appearance on BT Sport. “You’ve got the fans, the protests. It’s imploding… we’re going through a period in our history which is the worst that I can ever remember. It seems like something is coming to an end.”

So can Arsenal bounce back from that humiliating loss to Crystal Palace and can they avoid a sixth straight away defeat in all competitions? That is something that has never happened during Wenger’s long reign, and if they were offered the chance to pick a fixture in which to stop the rot this would be high on the list.

Arsenal head North on Monday to face a Middlesbrough side that looks like it will be making an immediate return to the Championship in May. Boro are second-from-bottom in the Premier League, six points from safety, and they have managed just 22 goals in the Premier League this season – a truly pathetic showing in front of goal. To be fair to them they have been helped by a defence that has not conceded many at the Riverside – their goals against record would not look out of place in a top-10 side – but if you cannot score you cannot win games.

Arsenal, for all of their struggles in recent times, do not often draw blanks are they are one of the highest scoring teams in the top flight. I am backing them to get back to winning ways on the road with a much-needed victory here, but I expect Boro will ensure they do not run up a score. The Gunners will take the points in a low-scoring Monday night showdown.

Middlesbrough v Arsenal Stats

  • Arsenal have lost their last five competitive away games – a first under Arsene Wenger
  • Arsenal have not won an away game in the Premier League since routing Swansea City 4-0 in mid-January
  • Middlesbrough are the lowest scoring side in the Premier League with just 22 goals
  • Middlesbrough held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw when the two teams met at the Emirates Stadium in October
  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their last five games against Middlesbrough
  • Middlesbrough have not beaten Arsenal since a 2-1 victory in December 2007

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