What Arsenal must do to finish in top four - Wenger

Gary Neville has warned Arsenal not to get too carried away with their 2-1 win over Middlesbrough, claiming that the victory will be instantly forgotten if they lose their forthcoming FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.

"It will be tough again because ultimately people will say "You're not going to win a trophy", "You're not going to finish in the top four", everything then will come onto Ozil, Sanchez and Wenger", added Neville.

A pair of fine goals by Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil allowed Arsenal to halt its streak of consecutive away losses at four with a 2-1 victory over relegation-bound Middlesbrough. "I think Middlesbrough came out second half and made it a lot more hard and they went very direct at the end but all in all it was a new system and we have got the three points with it and that is all that matters".

Wenger fielded a three-man central defence for the first time in 20 years as manager, and while the new formation was not wholly convincing, Arsenal secured their first Premier League away win since January 14.

"Sometimes when a team lacks confidence, just to change a system can help to believe in something different". The fact we conceded three at West Brom, three at Crystal Palace, I felt it was needed.

"We maybe rode our luck a little bit one or two occasions on crosses, but overall, we were a bit more solid defensively".

He added: "I feel we are in a position where we want to perform". It was only right that we could get them three points, so we'd like to thank them.

"It's a massive honour to play for Arsenal and you have to give it 100 per cent, week in week out".

"It was positive. The players had a good mentality and they wanted to win the game and they responded". And that's making sure that our commitment levels are right to play for this football club.

"I felt that when we scored we had Arsenal on the back foot and at that point we just needed the ball to fall to us".

Boro boss Steve Agnew was hugely frustrated to take nothing from the match, but insisted that his players showed they have a chance of surviving, despite the six-point gap between them and safety. "We need to take responsibility for that", he said.

"This group doesn't know how to give in, they will never, ever stop", he said. "We couldn't ask more of them", he told Sky Sports.