Arsene Wenger's Arsenal contract expires at the end of the season
Arsenal returned to winning ways against Middlesbrough tonight at the Riverside Stadium, running out 2-1 winners.
The Gunners had been in a blip in form and were thrashed 3-0 by Crystal Palace last time out.
However, they bounced back against Boro with a hard-fought win and Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on his players for their "commitment and focus".
Arsenal line-up: The last time Arsene Wenger played three in defence Mon, April 17, 2017
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Arsenal line-up, the last time they played three in defence (3-1 v Derby, 1997)
"We responded well," Wenger said.
"I think it was not perfect but the commitment and focus was there.
"At 1-1 we found a response and managed to win.
Alexis Sanchez scored the opener for Arsenal at Middlesbrough
Alvaro Negredo equalised for Middlesbrough
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"It was a big test, Middlesbrough gave everything. It's one of their last chances to stay in the league.
"It [the top four] is mathematically still alive.
"We knew we needed to win. Now we have a little break with the FA Cup and then we come back again to the league."