Arsenal Beat Middlesbrough 2-1 In Premier League Clash

Arsenal Beat Middlesbrough 2-1 In Premier League ClashArsenal have kept alive their hopes of finishing in the top four of the English Premier League with a 2-1 victory against Middlesbrough.

A dull opening was brought to life when Alexis Sanchez’s superb free-kick gave the Gunners the lead just before the break.

Middlesbrough responded soon after the restart when Alvaro Negredo volleyed in Stewart Downing’s brilliant cross.

Consequently, Mesut Ozil secured the much-needed three points for Arsenal with a first-time strike the the 71th minute.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Earns Man Utd Third Win In A Row

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Earns Man Utd Third Win In A RowZlatan Ibrahimovic continued his fine form with two goals for Manchester United that were enough to beat West Bromwich Albion.

United took a fifth-minute lead at The Hawthorns as Jesse Lingard’s first-time cross was headed in by Ibrahimovic.

Wayne Rooney almost doubled the score but his fierce shot was tipped on to the bar by Ben Foster, while Salomon Rondon’s first-half header went narrowly wide for West Brom.

Ibrahimovic produced his 11th Premier League goal of the season when he received Rooney’s pass, turned and saw his deflected shot go in.

The win, United’s third in a row, put them seven points above their opponents, and level with Tottenham Hotspur, who play Burnley on Sunday.

Another big performer on the day was Alvaro Negredo, who’s brace helped Middlesbrough return to winning ways as they beat Swansea City at the Riverside.

The striker broke the deadlock on 18 minutes, expertly finishing Adam Clayton’s cross past Lukasz Fabianski.

Negredo doubled the lead from the penalty spot 11 minutes later after Jordi Amat’s foul on Adam Forshaw.

Earlier in the day, Chelsea extended their lead on the Premier League table with a narrow 1-0 win at Crystal Palace, courtesy Diego Costa.

Saturday’s Results:

Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Chelsea

Middlesbrough 3 – 0 Swansea City

Stoke City 2 – 2 Leicester City

Sunderland 1 – 0 Watford

West Ham United 1 – 0 Hull City

West Bromwich Albion 0 – 2 Manchester United

Middlesbrough Scuttle Arsenal’s Six-match Winning Run

arsenalArsenal’s six-match winning run came to an end against Middlesbrough but a point was enough to move them top of the Premier League table.

Manager Arsene Wenger – celebrating his 67th birthday – watched his side dominate possession but underwhelm in the final third.

The Gunners managed five efforts on target, but only one worried Boro keeper, Victor Valdes, when he pulled off a great one-handed stop to deny Alexis Sanchez.

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.

With A Bit Tired Legs

The home side briefly thought they had won it in injury time but Mesut Ozil’s effort was rightly ruled out for offside.

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Arsene Wenger says the energy was a bit down today

Despite remaining in 17th place, Boro should be buoyed by the display and unexpected result.

In his post-match comment, Wenger said his team had the possession but with a bit tired legs. There was not enough left in our legs today.

For him, one remarkable thing was that the team made sure they did not lose the game.

In other matches, Scott Arfield’s 90th-minute winner gave Burnley their third win of the season in a match dominated by Everton.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice as stoke comfortably won at hull to move out of the relegation zone.

Nigeria striker, Ahmed Musa, scored his first goal for Leicester City, as the champions stretched their unbeaten home run to 20 games.

Winston Reid scored a late winner for West Ham to extend Sunderland’s losing streak to nine games.

Valencia’s Negredo Set To Join Middlesbrough

Alvaro-Negredo-Middlesbrough-ValenciaValencia Striker, Alvaro Negredo, is set to join newly promoted English Premier League team, Middlesbrough.

The club disclosed on its website that Negredo will move to the Riverside Stadium on a season-long loan once all the paperwork is complete.

The Spanish international, who is a member of their successful Euro 2012 squad played as a Manchester City forward between 2013 – 2015.

He is expected to bring a wealth of experience to the Boro side, having scored 112 La Liga goals in 264 appearances.

Barcelona In Copa Del Rey Final After 1-1 Draw With Valencia

Barcelona_DeporSpanish giant, Barcelona FC have cruised to the Final of the Copa del Rey after forcing Valencia to 1-1 draw on Wednesday night.

Barcelona’s defence was wiped out by a long pass as Alvaro Negredo raced onto it, one-on-one with Marc-Andre ter-Stegen to net the ball in the 37th minute.

However, Wilfrid Kaptoum scored the equalising goal minutes after coming on the pitch in the 84th minute.

Last week, Barcelona had beaten Valencia at Camp Nou 7-0 in the first leg before securing a draw at the Mestalla Stadium.

On a 7-1 aggregate, Barcelona go through to the Final of the Copa del Rey.