- Gunners unbeaten since opening day
- Ramirez hits bar for Boro
- Boro without a win in 7
Arsenal were held to a 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Arsene Wenger‘s side had won six Premier League games on the bounce going into this game but Aitor Karanka‘s Boro went close on several occasions as Arsenal had an off day.
With the point Arsenal still go top of the Premier League table on 20 points, while Boro has eight points after a resolute defensive display as they always looked dangerous on the break.
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Early on Mesut Ozil went down in the box after a cutback but referee Mike Dean waved away the penalty appeals.
Middlesbrough then had a glorious chance as on the break Adama Traore saw his shot blocked by Petr Cech and then Alvaro Negredo’s follow up was saved.
From that attack Boro then won a free kick ans Gaston Ramirez struck the angle of the post and bar. Agonizingly close.
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Alexis Sanchez then went close from a similar free kick as Victor Valdes pushed it out of the top corner. Traore then whipped a cross in which Negredo flicked on to Ramirez who sent his header straight at Cech.
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Arsenal almost went ahead as Valdes made came out and made a hash of it but Laurent Koscielny completely missed the ball.
Alexis then went close as his free kick was tipped around the post by Valdes and Arsenal continued to pour forward. Boro looked dangerous on the break as Mustafi was caught out by Ramirez as the Teeside club hung in there until the end.
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Valdes stopped Sanchez late on as Arsenal poured forward but at the other end Negredo and Traore combined on the break but the former couldn’t make the most of the opportunity as Koscielny made a superb tackle.
Then, Arsenal thought they’d won the game in stoppage time but Ozil was offside as he finished. The game ended 0-0 with Arsenal missing out on the chance to go three points clear at the top of the table.