Steve Agnew spoke to the press on Saturday morning ahead of Monday’s match against Arsenal.
On a huge injury boost for Boro:
“Every single player if fit and champing at the bit to be involved.
“It’s great news for me, and gives me a real selection headache. That’s the way I’d rather have it.
“Obviously, the only player who is not eligible [for Monday] is Calum Chambers because of Premier League rules [against facing his parent club].”
On Monday’s opponents Arsenal:
“They’re in a difficult moment, certainly away from home, but they have top quality players throughout the team.
“Arsenal have conceded goals, particularly away from home in recent weeks, and that gives us confidence.
“We have no doubt it will be a really difficult game, but we’ll continue to prepare and we’re looking forward to it.”
Responding to Arsene Wenger’s message that Arsenal need to “take the handbrake off”:
“I suppose it’s the same for us.
“It’s a massive game and we need to win and we need the three points.
“We need to start scoring goals, we’re capable and we have the players.
“Our movement and ability to create has been evident – we just need to make sure when the chance comes along we take it.
“Any game under the lights at the Riverside is exciting. The crowd will be as vibrant as ever and it’s a really exciting fixture.”
On Boro’s last match against Arsenal, a 0-0 draw back in October:
“We all know how difficult it is to go to the Emirates and get anything.
“We played ever so well and perhaps could have won on the day.
“This is what the Premier League is all about and what the club has been striving towards for the last seven years, playing against the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.
“We don’t have any fear, and that’s why we’re in this league, to test our quality.
“It’s a challenge but we’re very positive. We’re going to relish it and give it everything we’ve got.”
On his team’s attitude and application:
“I can’t ask any more in terms of all of the work that we’ve been doing in recent weeks.
“It’s just that little bit of luck, the bounce of the ball, as I keep saying.
“But I can sense that the players know we’re not far away from that result we need.
“They’ll stay with it and continue to fight – that’s the kind of group that they are.”