Video: Mesut Ozil wondergoal wins it at the death for Arsenal

Video: Mesut Ozil wondergoal wins it at the death for Arsenal

Arsenal have advanced to the last 16 of the Champions League this evening after coming back from 2-0 to beat Ludogorets 3-2 with a late Ozil stunner clinching three points and qualification for Arsene Wenger's side.

This brilliant Ozil strike saw Arsenal come from two goals behind to beat Ludogorets and secure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League:

With Group A rivals Paris St Germain beating Basle in Switzerland, a win for the Gunners was enough to see them through with two games to spare.

Ozil popped up with three minutes remaining to complete a 3-2 win, which had looked improbable following a shaky start to proceedings at the Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia.

Ludogorets were two goals ahead inside the opening 15 minutes as Jonathan Cafu and Claudiu Keseru struck, but a first Champions League goal for Granit Xhaka and a header from Olivier Giroud before the break had Arsenal level and Ozil's late heroics mean they have qualified out of the opening group stage for a 17th consecutive season.

Story of the match

Star Man - Wanderson

The Brazilian playmaker should have scored at least one goal here, but his all-round display was the best on a night where individual brilliance was at a minimum. The diminutive 28-year-old was a constant thorn in the side of Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson, still yet to reach peak fitness after recovering from a serious knee injury. Wanderson laid on the first goal for Cafu with a teasing free-kick into the Arsenal penalty area and led a number of dangerous counter-attacks after the interval.

Moment of the Match

Ozil had a quiet night by his usual high standards, but he showed such composure to tuck away the winning goal in the closing stages. The Germany international had already teed up Xhaka earlier in the game, but the impact of his late winner showed just how big a player he is in Wenger's side.

Surprise of the Match

Wenger's team selection would have come as a pleasant surprise to Arsenal fans, given there was every chance a number of big-name players could have sat this one out to be fresh for Sunday's north London derby. Instead, this was pretty much the strongest XI Wenger could field, with the likes of Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny included from the start - but a bigger surprise was certainly how this side of stars laboured against Ludogorets.



Milan Borjan 6

Yordan Minev 6

Jose Luis Palomino 6

Natanael 6

Anicet Abel 6

Svetoslav Dyakov 6

Jonathan Cafu 7

Marcelinho 7

Wanderson 8

Claudio Keseru 7


Virgil Misidjan (for Keseru, 79) 6


David Ospina 6

Carl Jenkinson 6

Shkodran Mustafi 6

Laurent Koscielny 6

Kieran Gibbs 5

Francis Coquelin 6

Granit Xhaka 7

Aaron Ramsey 6

Mesut Ozil 8

Alexis Sanchez 7

Olivier Giroud 7


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for Ramsey, 75) 6

Mohamed Elneny (for Xhaka, 87) 6

Who's up next?

Ludogorets v CSKA Sofia (First League, November 5)

Arsenal v Tottenham (Premier League, November 6)