Aitor Karanka laments Middlesbrough's respect for Arsenal

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Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka lamented his side's first half performance as they crashed out of the FA Cup at the hands of Arsenal.

A brace from Olivier Giroud was enough to see the Gunners through, despite a gutsy Boro performance.

Two crisp, clinical finishes from the Frenchman ensured the Gunners avoided an upset, unlike fellow Premier League giants Manchester City who fell to Karanka's side in the fourth round.

Too much respect

But despite facing Premier League opposition, the Middlesbrough boss feels his team gave the giants too much respect throughout. 

"Yes especially in the first half. It is very hard to beat Arsenal, the first half was not good. All the 50/50's went for them, against Manchester City we won them and we were more organised," the Argentinian told reporters.

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A good performance from Boro keeper Tomas Mejias ensured the score remained at 2-0, but Arsene Wenger was still full of praise for his clinical Arsenal side. 

"It's difficult for everybody in the Premier League. It requires focus and good pace and I think we controlled the game. We started well and played with pace and that gave them problems," Wenger said in his press conference.

"Our fluency was great, our movement good, our technical control was very good today too. We lost a little fraction of urgency at 2-0 but we remained serious for the whole game,' he added. 

Manchester City will found out their F.A cup quarter final opponents before the Manchester United Vs Preston match on Monday. 

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