It was a welcome win for the Gunners as they have now consolidated the third spot in Group F and will see it through to the round of 16 if they can beat Olympiacos by a margin of two goals in the last match. The Greek side lost against Bayern Munich by a huge margin of 4-0 and will definitely be under immense pressure when they meet Arsenal in the next match.
Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil were the architects of this fine win. Ozil broke the deadlock with an awesome header in the 29th minute and Sanchez provided him the assist. The Chilean was actually involved in all three goals as other two came from his feet only.
After Ozil’s opener, former Barcelona player doubled the advantage 12 minutes from the interval and rounded the opponent goalkeeper to complete the scoring 24 minutes to the other side of the break. With these three valuable points Arsenal now have six while Olympiacos have nine so far. So, the equation is simple – defeat them in the next match by a margin of two goals and nothing can come between Arsenal and a berth in the sweet sixteen.
In terms of possession and passing, it was definitely an even game. But the Croatian side lacked the scoring abilities and succumbed to a heavy defeat because of this. No wonder they are already out of the tournament and will fight for pride in the last game against Bayern Munich.
|16 (7)||Shots (on target)||9 (1)|
|516 (88%)||Completed passes (accuracy)||444 (86%)|
|5 (1)||Fouls conceded (booking)||9 (0)|
Man of the Match:
Mesut Ozil starred in the game as usual and is a contender for the coveted award. However, we will go with Alexis Sanchez as the Man of the Match, because of his two goals and the assist. The Arsenal talisman just outclassed the opposition defenders throughout the game.
Below, take a look at all the goals of the match.
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