Confirmed Lineups: Middlesbrough vs Arsenal

By on April 17, 2017 - 71 views

Arsenal need three points at the Riverside Stadium this evening to keep up their feint hopes of a top four finish this season, whilst Middlesbrough are desperate for a win in their battle to avoid relegation.

Arsène Wenger’s side were hammered 3-0 at Crystal Palace last Monday, taking qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League places out of their control.  Arsenal start this evening’s game 10 points off the UEFA Champions League places but with two games in hand on Manchester City who are fourth, and three games in hand on Liverpool who are two points above the Citizens.

The two teams for this evening’s game are confirmed as:

Middlesbrough

Brad Guzan; Antonio Barragán, Daniel Ayala, Ben Gibson, Fabio; Adam Clayton, Marten de Roon, Grant Leadbitter, Gastón Ramírez, Stewart Downing; Álvaro Negredo

Substitutes: Dimitrios Konstantopoulos, George Friend, Bernardo, Adam Forshaw, Adama Traoré, Patrick Bamford, Rudy Gestede

Middlesbrough make five changes from their draw against Burnley last time out.  Víctor Valdés is injured so Brad Guzan comes in with 38-yaer-old Dimitrios Konstantopoulos his backup.

Álvaro Negredo leads the line up front and will have support from Gastón Ramírez and Stewart Downing.

Arsenal

Petr Čech; Gabriel Paulista, Laurent Koscielny, Rob Holding; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Nacho Monreal; Mesut Özil, Alexis Sánchez; Olivier Giroud

Substitutes: Emiliano Martínez, Héctor Bellerín, Kieran Gibbs, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny, Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott

Arsène Wenger has made six changes from last Monday and will revert to a back three for the first time in two decades.

It appears Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Nacho Monreal will play the wing back roles whilst Rob Holding makes his first start since the third game of the season.  The young centre-back will partner Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista with Shkodran Mustafi injured.

Mesut Özil and Alexis Sánchez will lineup behind striker Olivier Giroud in what appears to be a 3-4-2-1 formation.

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James Crawford

Promoted to editor in 2016, James has met famous footballing faces from Robbie Savage to John Bones. Very passionate football fan and writer and has a degree in journalism,

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