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Arsenal licking their lips over the prospect of wounded Smoggies

Arsenal play Middlesbrough this weekend in the first league game between the two clubs since 2009.

It’s a good time to play the Smoggies, who have lost four and drawn two of their last five games in the league, including seriously damaging defeats against Watford and Crystal Palace.

Arsenal meanwhile are in top form, having rattled off 6 straight league wins, including an eye-catching defeat of Chelsea. A 6-0 crushing of Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League won’t have damaged their morale either.

This form doesn’t guarantee anything, but it certainly appears to be a good time to face Aitor Karanka’s side, who are low on goals and confidence. Many of the Spaniard’s new signings are struggling to settle in, while Arsenal look like a balanced and settled team. Boro have enough quality that this can’t be considered a walkover for Arsenal – but the Gunners will have no excuses should they fail to seal the 3 points on Saturday.