Paul Merson states his prediction for Middlesbrough v Arsenal

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As it happened Arsenal's win was secured by Mesut Ozil's 71st-minute victor, but Agnew had nothing but praise for his players afterwards and says they will battle all the way to stay in the Premier League.

Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton has insisted that his side will not give up hope of Premier League survival until it is mathematically out of their reach.

Blues boss Antonio Conte is in the market for a long-term replacement for John Terry and Gibson is certainly in the same mold as the long-serving Chelsea skipper so he'd be an excellent addition as the west Londoners prepare for their return to the Champions League. "We played with such an intensity I couldn't ask any more of them". "We've played against teams and we have been in most games and have been pipped by that extra bit of quality that we need to have", he told reporters. You have to have this positivity to keep going. otherwise you won't win anything.

"We have to believe we can do it". "And the gap hasn't been getting any bigger although we've now reached a stage where we have to win".

Arsenal travel north to Middlesbrough to face the relegation-staving side in desperate need of a win.

Clayton said: "It is hard to come out of games like that".

Morgan and Huth will both be 33 by the time next season begins and Yohan Benalouane, who has come into the side recently, is 30.

"We have to make our own luck".

The home crowd could be important, and if the few Arsenal fans that are there start showing displeasure if we don't start scoring early, it could be another uncomfortable afternoon for Arsene Wenger.

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