Karanka: Arsenal result not coincidence

Going into the Premier League clash with table-topping Manchester City next Saturday, Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka believes their recent 0-0 draw with Arsenal is reason to be confident.

Following the stalemate with the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium, Boro performed well in a convincing 2-0 home victory over Bournemouth to record just their second win of the campaign.

Gaston Ramires and Stewart Downing got the goals as the Teessiders halted a seven-match winless run in the league. In addition, it was their first triumph at the Riverside Stadium this season.

The result moved the Karanka's side three points clear of the relegation zone, and seemingly should give the north-east club a lift ahead of next weekend's visit to City. 

Nonetheless, the Spanish coach explained that he was happy with the progress being made, telling the Gazette Live: "Like I've said before, the only way we can win games, the only way to keep going and to keep improving is sticking together and playing as a team.

"It was an important result (against Bournemouth) because we were able to show everybody that the performance against Arsenal wasn't a coincidence."