Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has to told his players to stay positive and believe they can end their miserable start to season when they face Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Boro are without a win in their last seven games in the English Premier League and face a daunting task against an Arsenal side who have recorded seven straight wins in all competitions since their opening day loss to Liverpool.
And Karanka is aware his side could be punished by the Gunners who hit six past Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad on Wednesday.
“In the Premier League every mistake is punished and we have to concentrate for 90 minutes.,” he said in his pre-match conference on Thursday.
“The players are training really well and the attitude is good. We have to trust ourselves and our work.
“Arsenal have their own style, but we have to think about ourselves and play in our way.
“Last year we were used to winning more games, but we knew this would be a tough season.
“It’s important to keep a positive mindset. We need to keep believing in ourselves.
“The players are training really well and the attitude is good. We have to trust ourselves and our work.”
Karanka also revealed that captain Grant Leadbitter had his first training session of the season with the squad ahead of the fixture for the first time on Wednesday.
Leadbitter has been missing for the side after undergoing hernia surgery at the end of last season.
“Grant is training with the team, so at the moment we have everyone,” Aitor Karanka said.
“We want to have him fit as soon as possible. His injury is good so it is just about getting him fit.”