Wenger – Ludogorets surprised Arsenal

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The manager said that his team were caught by surprise by last night. However he praised how the Gunners came back and sealed a 3-2 win, which means that they qualify for the next stage in the .

Arsenal came back with goals from Xhaka, Giroud and finally Özil, who finished them off with a spectacular goal in the 87th minute. With the German chipping the keeper and cutting inside two defenders before slotting in from close range.

Here’s what the Frenchman told BT Sport after the match:


On the key to victory:

“Not to panic at two nil down and to keep our composure and to stick to our game. I believe overall, we were surprised by the speed of their start. We were caught cold.

After that we kept our composure and came back to 2-2 in the first half, which was quite positive. Second half we dropped a little bit physically and were less fluent than in the first. We tried still to have a go and finally we got the goal close to the end.”

On how his side conceded twice so early:

“Yes, it was [a harsh free-kick against Gibbs] but that doesn’t mean the free-kick a has to be a goal. Having watched it at half time, we didn’t drop off at the far post and they scored.

After that, on the cross, we were surprised as well. We lost the ball on the right and on a cross from the left we conceded a goal. After that, two nil down in the Champions League away from home with the crowd behind their team it becomes very difficult.

They [Ludogorets] maintained their intensity today, in the second half at the Emirates they dropped. Today they maintained it for 90 minutes so it was difficult.”

On Ozil’s individual goal:

“That’s the strength of the great players. They make the right decision. I thought for a while he took too long to score. At the end of the day when they score you have to say ‘Well done’.”


After that win it means that Arsenal go joint top on points, however the Gunners sneak ahead by goal difference. With Arsenal playing PSG on the 23rd, it looks like that will be the crunch game to decide who goes top of the group.

It also throws up a conundrum for the Arsenal manager, who will have to decide who he is going to play as his regular centre forward with Sanchez and Giroud freely scoring goals for the Gunners.

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