Sanchez, Ozil Shines, As Arsenal Punished Middlesbrough

Arsene Wenger side Arsenal kept alive their hopes of finishing in the top four of the English Premier League with a narrow win at second-bottom Middlesbrough.

A dull opening was brought to life when Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez's superb free-kick gave Arsenal the lead just before the half-time.

Middlesbrough responded soon after the restart when striker Alvaro Negredo volleyed in Stewart Downing's pinpoint cross.

However,wizard playmaker Mesut Ozil secured the much-needed three points for Gunners with a first-time strike at the near post.

The victory - only Arsenal's third in their past nine league matches - moves the Gunners up to sixth, seven points behind fourth-place Pep Gaurdiola side Manchester City and with a match in hand.

The host remain deep in relegation trouble, six points from safety.

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