13 points separate today’s opponents ahead of kick-off, and their form couldn’t be much different.
Arsenal’s opening day defeat at the hands of Liverpool and subsequent draw with Leicester have been followed by six straight wins in the league, which have catapulted Arsene Wenger’s men to joint top of the division. Indeed, anything other than defeat today will leave the Gunners above early favourites Manchester City.
While it’s been a sea of green on the form table for the north Londoners. Boro have endured a miserable run since their second-weekend win, with two draws and four defeats having hammered home just how tough life in the top division will be for Aitor Karanka’s side.
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— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) October 22, 2016
Arsenal are without the injured Santi Cazorla and suspended Granit Xhaka, meaning that Mohamed Elneny gets the nod in midfield. Alexis Sanchez maintains his place up front ahead of Mesut Ozil.
Alvaro Negredo starts up front for Middlesbrough, who have left impressive winger Cristhian Stuani on the bench, Ben Gibson and Daniel Ayala start at the back