Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Boro must believe in Premier League survival - Gestede

Middlesbrough host Arsenal at the Riverside Stadium on Monday evening, live on Sky Sports, and interim head coach Agnew is confident Valdes' winning mentality will be key.

He said: "If you asked the other teams 'Are Middlesbrough one of the three worst teams in the league?', I don't suppose many would say we are. But I believe we do have the quality to go on a run and win all of our games".

"There are more points to play for and nobody in the bottom three is pulling up trees and running clear".

Arsenal are now sixth in the league and seven points behind Manchester City who occupy the final Champions League spot with one game in hand.

However, as he turns his attention to the latest in a series of must-win games at Bournemouth on Saturday, 28-year-old midfielder Clayton is refusing to accept the seemingly inevitable.

"You don't win and achieve like Victor Valdes has done in his career without being focused every day", he added. This is the toughest league there is, but we will keep grafting.

Sanchez scored a brilliant free-kick and although Boro hit back through Alvaro Negredo, Arsene Wenger's team showed some resolve and found a victor through Mesut Ozil.

"I told them at half-time we needed to play forward a little earlier, and when we scored the goal we put them under real pressure". "We have to win probably all our games to get into that".

They stood firm throughout the majority of the first period before Alexis Sánchez'sexcellent free-kick, Agnew's side cranked it up in the second period with Álvaro Negredo'sequaliser right after the restart.

Despite the result, Arsenal's chance of finishing in the top four remain slim.

"We have to make our own luck".

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