Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

WE'RE GUNNER GIVE IT OUR BEST SHOT; Boss's Big Match Battlecry

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

WE'RE GUNNER GIVE IT OUR BEST SHOT; Boss's Big Match Battlecry

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LET'S shoot down the Gunners! Gareth Southgate is plotting a hostile attack on Arsenal tomorrow as Boro go for three priceless Premier League points.

Boro are staring down the barrel of a top flight relegation gun with five games to go.

But Southgate intends to rip up the form book with a victory that would give their survival scramble further hope.

Critics have handed Southgate's side little chance of beating the drop, especially with a home game against leaders Manchester United following the trip to Arsenal.

But Boro have thrown themselves a lifeline with four points from their last two fixtures and Southgate is training his sights on extending his unbeaten run against Arsene Wenger to six matches.

"We want to go there and win," said the Boro boss. "Few people would expect us to get anything from our next two games in particular.

"But we know time is running short for us and we have to try and win football matches.

"We have to start producing results away from home and we know between now and the end of the season we have to produce results.

"There is nothing to wait for, we might as well get on with it this weekend.

"We have been there in the past and got two draws and we go there with a lot of optimism and are looking forward to it.

"We said after Fulham that we kept ourselves alive. We are still in there fighting and we have to go to Arsenal and give a performance that tells everybody that."

Southgate accepts Boro have a colossal task to topple a side who have not conceded a home league goal since December 21 and are unbeaten in 19.

"If we want to play Arsenal in a game of end-to-end football there is probably only one winner, so you've got to be sensible about how you play the game and be at your very best," he said.

"You know you've got to defend extremely well and ride your luck a bit and pose a threat going the other way to try and score goals." But he is hoping to take advantage of any changes the Gunners make as they have one eye on Wednesday's first leg of the Champions League semi-final at Old Trafford. …

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