By Andah John
Arsenal failed to make it seven wins out of seven in the Premier League as Middlesbrough held firm to pick a point at the Emirates stadium.
But the draw was enough to see the Gunners move to the top of the log pending the outcome of Manchester City’s game on Sunday.
Arsene Wenger, celebrating his 67th birthday, would certainly have preferred a more ruthless performance from his side, having seen them dominate possession but failed to click in the final third.
No way through for Arsenal
The North Londoners made five efforts on target, but only one called Victor Valdes into action when he pulled off a great one-handed stop to stop Alexis Sanchez from celebrating a goal.
Boro defended resolutely, and they could have scored against the run of play.
Arsenal’s turn to defend
Peter Cech was forced into action when he blocked Gaston Ramirez’s header.
He was on hand again to deny Adama Traore and Alvaro Negredo, who had arguably the best chance of the clash.
In the latter stages of the game, fans at the parked Emirates stadium were thrown into premature celebration when Mesut Ozil scored a goal which was rightly ruled out for offside.
Middlesbrough then held on to claim a famous point which takes them one step above the drop zone.