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PA­TRICK BAMFORD has flashed an FA Cup warn­ing to Arse­nal.

Mid­dles­brough are eye­ing a plum last 16 trip to the Emi­rates af­ter hum­bling Premier League cham­pi­ons Manchester City 2-0 in round four.

A re­turn to the top flight af­ter a six-year ab­sence re­mains the main pri­or­ity for Ai­tor Karanka’s Championship pace-set­ters.

But af­ter stun­ning jet-lagged City, and push­ing Liverpool all the way be­fore go­ing out of the Cap­i­tal One Cup on penal­ties ear­lier this sea­son, Bamford in­sists con­fi­dence is sky-high as the Teessiders go in search of a pro­mo­tion and cup dou­ble.

Boro will use the ea­gerlyawaited fifth-round tie against the Gun­ners to fur­ther gauge their progress.

On-loan Chelsea striker Bamford said: “It’s a mas­sive step-up from the Championship to the Premier League, in terms of pace and tempo.

“But I think we’ve shown that if we get up there, we’re a match for any­one.”

Bamford (left), who is keen to make his move per­ma­nent, added: “The con­fi­dence in the camp is high right now.

“We only lost on penal­ties to Liverpool and then we showed what we can do against City.

“Those are the kind of days that you’re in football for.”

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