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Boro better than Premier League position suggests - Clayton

Middlesbrough must believe that they can end their current slump striker Rudy Gestede says

The Teesside outfit find themselves six points from safety with just six games of the season remaining having extended their winless run to 15 matches with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal on Monday night.

At full time the Chilean, whose future in north London is extremely murky, made his way over to the travelling supporters who had made the 250-mile trip to the North East.

The Gunners managed to end their poor away form by winning at the Riverside in the Premier League.

Alexis Sanchez broke the deadlock with a stunning free-kick just before half-time, only for Alvaro Negredo's 50th-minute header to draw the hosts level.

Sanchez's delightful ball into the box was chested down by Aaron Ramsey to Ozil, who found the bottom-left corner with an unerringly accurate strike with his right foot.

Middlesbrough may be without a League win since the middle of December, but they have been securing many home draws and are desperate to finally get a win under their belts as they try to claw their way out of the relegation zone.

"Boro need to win to have any realistic chance of maintaining their PL status but they continue to struggle in front of goal and I expect a positive reaction from the Gunners after the criticism they so richly deserved at Selhurst Park".

After the game, a proud Agnew praised the determination of his side.

"It's going to be tough, we know that", he said. They did hold Arsenal to a draw at the Emirates, though, so we think they'll come into this one with high hopes. "They're in a hard moment, certainly away from home, but they have top quality players throughout the team". "We need to get a win as soon as possible and change the face of it".