Global Sports : Arsenal V Middlesbrough Preview

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Holders Arsenal are at home to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday afternoon.
Arsene Wenger’s side have not lost at the Emirates since being beaten 2-1 by Manchester United in the Premier League last November, a run stretching nine games in all competitions.
However, Arsenal will be under no illusions about the challenge facing them this weekend against a Boro team full of confidence after beating champions Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad in the last round.
And with the visitors also unbeaten in their last 10 matches heading into this tie – form that has seen Aitor Karanka’s men move to the top of the Championship – Boro’s top-flight credentials are sure to be given a thorough examination in the capital.
Team news
Transfer-window signing Gabriel Paulista could make his Arsenal debut in defence, while goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is set to start in place of David Ospina.
Midfielder Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) is out for around two weeks, while forward Alexis Sanchez may not be risked after taking a blow to the knee in the midweek defeat of Leicester.
England international Jack Wilshere may return following a lengthy absence after ankle surgery, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin), Mikel Arterta (ankle), Abou Diaby (calf) and Mathieu Debuchy (shoulder) are all still out.
Meanwhile, Boro are missing Dani Ayala, with Karanka revealing the defender could be out for “three or four weeks” following the injury he picked up against Blackpool.
Adam Forshaw is also absent due to being cup-tied, while Tomas Kalas will not feature due to the nature of his loan deal.
George Friend is expected to be fit, along with Ryan Fredericks and Emilio Nsue, who is back from his Africa Cup of Nations exploits with Equatorial Guinea.
Middlesbrough are 3/1 to find a way to oust FA Cup favourites Arsenal, with the visitors 11/2 to win and 7/2 to earn a replay back at the Riverside.
The Gunners, though, are expected to win (4/9) at the first time of asking. However, four of the last six meetings between the sides have ended up 1-1, which is 7/1 in Sky Bet’s correct score market.
Arsenal’s in-form forward Olivier Giroud is the first-goal favourite at 3/1 in a fairly one-sided market.

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