Wenger proud of anxious Arsenal's fighting spirit

"It wasn't ideal but I believe it's better to come back together with the triumph".

Alvaro Negredo was able to equalise in the second half after Nacho Monreal failed to close down Stewart Downing and Laurent Koscielny couldn't deal with the cross into the box, and Petr Cech had to pull off a couple of late saves after Mesut Ozil had restored Arsenal's lead.

It took drastic measures to ensure those three points were picked up.

"Mathematically it is still possible, even if it is hard, but we will give it a go", Wenger said after the victory at the Riverside.

While Arsenal are seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, they do have a game in hand and will be looking to make a push for the last slot for next season's Champions League.

"It will be tough again because ultimately people will say "You're not going to win a trophy", "You're not going to finish in the top four", everything then will come onto Ozil, Sanchez and Wenger", added Neville.

"It's a massive honour to play for Arsenal and you have to give it 100 per cent, week in week out". We knew we needed to win.

Wenger opted for a 3-4-3 formation at the Riverside, reportedly the first time since 1997 that the Frenchman has played with three at the back.

"I think we're going to have to win them all - we're capable of doing that but it's going to take an enormous amount of concentration in every game".

"I felt it added a bit more stability on the long balls. The players care. When you don't win your confidence goes quickly and comes back slowly, so of course you could feel even in the way we played that there was nervousness there". In the second half, Middlesbrough came out and made it a lot more hard. We have been waiting for it for a few weeks and I just felt that when we scored, we had Arsenal on the back foot. Hopefully that will give us a bit more confidence. "We lost two games against West Brom and Crystal Palace where we had 70 percent of possession, and today we had a bit less".

"Despite sometimes hard situations, or some situations that lack clarity, we still can perform".

"We were tested mentally and we found a response to win the game".

Agnew said: "This group doesn't know how to give in, they will never, ever stop. They played with such an intensity, I couldn't ask any more of them".

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