Arsenal vs Middlesbrough match end in goal less draw
Arsenal’s eight-match winning run was brought to an end by Middlesbrough, who held the Gunners to a 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Manager Arsene Wenger – celebrating his 67th birthday watched his side dominate possession but underwhelm in the final third.
Winless since beating north-east rivals Sunderland in August, Boro could feel aggrieved not to lead at the break after Petr Cech pulled off impressive saves to deny Adama Traore and Gaston Ramirez either side of the latter clattering the angle of post and crossbar with a brilliant free-kick.
So fluent in recent weeks, Arsenal were fitful in attack and Victor Valdes’ best save in the Boro goal came as he athletically thwarted Alexis Sanchez from distance.
Aitor Karanka‘s side defended brilliantly and, despite conceding much of the possession to the home side, created the better chances.
Arsenal keeper Petr Cech blocked Gaston Ramirez’s header, twice denied the outstanding Adama Traore and also saved from Alvaro Negredo.The Arsenal goalkeeper was helpless a minute later when Ramirez came agonisingly close with his vicious, swerving free-kick, while opposite number Valdes was called upon to keep out a Sanchez set piece.
The home side briefly thought they had won it in injury time but Mesut Ozil‘s effort was rightly ruled out for offside.
Despite remaining in 17th place, Boro should be buoyed by the display and unexpected result.
An untimely error from the impressive Ramirez almost allowed Walcott to open the scoring but the England man shot too close to Valdes.
The former Spain international remained relatively unthreatened during the closing stages bar one disappointing effort from Sanchez, while Koscielny needed to make a last-ditch tackle to prevent Negredo stealing the points.