The Gunners were the first to strike in their match against Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium. Frantic defending by Middlesbrough led to a clumsy challenge on the top of the box on Granit Xhaka by Adam Clayton. To any goalkeeper in the world, fear sinks in when the likes of Ozil and Sanchez are both standing over the ball for a free kick. Alexis Sanchez took initiative and placed the ball perfectly up and over the wall into the net.
Yessss Alexis Sanchez. 1-0 Beautiful freekick pic.twitter.com/eA4K3hCiHL— EmanDaGoon (@EmanDaGoonn) April 17, 2017
At half time, Wenger's men lead the Smoggies 1-0.