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Ozil fires Gunners to vital away win

Premier League

Arsenal kept alive their slim hopes of securing a Champions League spot next season with a 2-1 Premier League victory at Middlesbrough on Monday that left the hosts in deep danger of relegation.

Alexis Sanchez produced a superb free kick to put the Gunners ahead three minutes before halftime, lifting the ball over the wall and past motionless Boro keeper Brad Guzan.

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Mesut Ozil scored the winner for Arsenal against Middlesbrough on Monday. Photo: Owen Humphreys, PA via APAlvaro Negredo (front) grabbed the equaliser for Middlesbrough, with Marten de Roon joining in the celebrations at the Riverside Stadium. Photo: Nigel Roddis, EPAAlexis Sanchez proved his value to Arsenal once more with the opening goal against Middlesbrough. Photo: Nigel Roddis, EPA

But the home side got back on level terms four minutes after the interval when Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo got on the end of a fine Stewart Downing cross.

Arsenal secured their first away win in five Premier League matches when Sanchez floated a ball into the box, which Aaron Ramsey cleverly chested down to Mesut Ozil, who made no mistake from close range.

The result left Arsenal in sixth, seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who have played one game more.

Boro are second bottom, six points adrift of safety with six games left.

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