Rudy Gestede says Boro have what it takes to lift the club out of the Premier League relegation zone. 

The Benin international admits it was a blow not to be able to capitalise on late chances and convert last Saturday's match against Burnley into three points.

But with seven top flight games remaining, the striker says it's all still to play for. 

"We have to believe we can do it," Gestede says.

"You have to have this positivity to keep going, every day at training and during the games, otherwise you won't win anything.

"I think we've all got that same message, the same attitude and mentality.

"It's never easy but I think we deserved better against Burnley. Now we play a big game on Monday and it would be huge to win and give us that boost." 

Gestede is grateful to Head Coach Steve Agnew for his backing in recent weeks. 

"I think I can show more and do more but I know I have the manager behind me and that gives me a lift," he said.

"We need points to survive - we can't lie about it. But we are improving very game and we're not far off. 

"That luck will turn a little bit and we can change the season."

With Monday's opponents Arsenal reeling from a surprise 3-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace, Gestede says Boro won't take anything for granted. 
 
"They are a big team, and even if they lose one game they will have a response," he said.

"Arsenal have quality in the squad and they are used to playing under pressure. 

"We're talking about internationals all over the pitch - we need to be focused and be ready to step up and show we can play in our way. 

"But whether it's Arsenal, Chelsea at the top of the table or Sunderland at the bottom, we have to take these games as they come and go for the three points."