A new formation brought Arsenal their first away win in the Premier League since January as Arsene Wenger deployed a back three to beat Middlesbrough 2-1.
Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring with a lovely free kick on 42 minutes but it needed a set piece to make the breakthrough as Arsenal struggled to create openings in their new shape. Boro then capitalised on some poor defending when Alvaro Negredo headed home an equaliser — clearly, some things never change.
Still, everything clicked wonderfully on 71 minutes when Arsenal went ahead for a second time, Sanchez dinking in a perfectly judged ball for Aaron Ramsey, whose chested pass was snaffled up by Mesut Ozil.
Arsenal move level on points with Everton in sixth place, and seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City with a game in hand after this much-needed win.