Arsenal booked their spot in the last 16 of the Champions league with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Bulgarian club Ludogorets. Arsenal did it the hard way as they had to come back from two goals down to get the win. A major highlight of the victory was Mesut Ozil’s superb winning goal in the dying moments of the match.
Manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he was surprised with the approach Ozil took to scoring the goal. On his way to scoring the goal, the midfielder chipped the keeper and beat two defenders before slotting the ball in the net and Wenger admits that the German midfielder proved him wrong.
He said: “To me it didn’t look like the optimal solution, but when the ball was in the net I thought it was. The great players make the right decisions in the game situations they face. They always make the optimal solution. You wanted him to take maybe his chance earlier, but at the end he had enough skill to prove that he was right.”
Arsenal maintains their impressive run of reaching the last 16 since 2000 though they have found it difficult to go beyond this stage in the last six seasons. Now Wenger hope they can finish top of their group ahead of Paris St Germain and go further in the competition.
He said: I believe that the most difficult thing in life is to be consistent at the top level. So it shows we have been quite consistent there. That we could do it again this year, hopefully we can go further now. We have a game at home where we can finish top of the group. Let’s maintain the quality of our results until the game against Paris St Germain. We are in position to finish top of the group.”