Victor Valdes believes Boro deserve to be playing in the Premier League next season, and says he and his teammates have seven matches to make it happen. 

The goalkeeper feels Boro are unlucky not to have more points on the board, but says everyone's focus returning to winning ways against Arsenal on Monday.

"Every game now is a final for us, in the position we're in," he said.

"We haven't had the best results but now we have seven games to play and hopefully we can start that with three points. 

"I know it's difficult because we don't have a lot of games left, and the teams we're playing against can be dangerous. 

"But our work, our attitude and our objectives will always be the same - win our games and don't think about the others."

Valdes points to the Teessiders' hard-earned point in the reverse fixtures at the Emirates - his first clean sheet in a Boro shirt back in October - as the level of performance needed when The Gunners visit the Riverside on Monday.

"It was important to get a clean sheet because it meant a lot to me as a keeper and the defensive line," he said.

"Arsenal are still one of the best teams in the world, they are not in a good moment but they have a lot of high quality players that will come here to play against us. 

"But we have a lot of good professionals and I think we have been unlucky sometimes - we've played football with good intensity but not got the results in important games. 

"We have to improve our position in the table, and we are hoping our luck is changing."

Valdes praised the impact Head Coach Steve Agnew has had since taking charge at Rockliffe Park.

"I knew him well already as assistant, but now he is manager and he is showing his own mentality," Valdes said.

"He has a lot of good concepts, especially for the Premier League and English football. 

"I've been impressed, not just with him, but the other guys in his team. 

"The most important thing now is our objectives, for the manager, his coaches and his players."

The former Barcelona man says that objective is clear with the season's end drawing closer. 

"Staying in the Premier League is the main goal, the only goal, for all of us," he said.

"I like this club, the atmosphere around it, and I love the fans.

"I think we deserve to stay in the Premier League and hopefully we can do that."

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