Ozil and Giroud leads comeback as Arsenal reaches last 16 for the 17th time

Arsenal continues their fine form of the season for several years now as they fought back after falling behind by a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 away at Ludogorets, thanks to Mesut Ozil’s 87th minutes cool finish as the Gunners secures a place in the knockout stage of the competition for a 17th successive season.

Arsene Wenger’s side made heavy win of securing victory in Sofia against opponents they had crushed 6-0 at the Emirates Stadium less than a fortnight ago, a game in which Ozil netted a hat-trick.

Jonathan Cafu put the hosts who had scored 13 goals in three games since the heavy loss in the English capital – ahead before setting up his team’s second, scored by Claudiu Keseru. Yet Ludogorets’ lead did not even survive until the half-time whistle as Arsenal scored twice from crosses to get back on level terms by the break.

A low ball in from the left allowed Granit Xhaka to sweep home, while Aaron Ramsey’s drifting cross from the opposite flank allowed Olivier Giroud to mark his first start of the season with the equaliser.

The game looked set to end all square until Ozil grabbed a dramatic winner, the German keeping his cool when through on goal with three minutes left.

But still, the positive result sees them through to the last 16 from Group A and the late winner means Wenger’s men are top ahead of Paris Saint-Germain on goal difference, with the two teams going head-to-head at the Emirates on November 23.

 

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