Arsene Wenger says Arsenal constructed a “complete organisation performance” opposite Olympiakos to sign gift for a final 16 of a Champions League.
France striker Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick as a
in Athens on Wednesday.
It means Arsenal reached a knockout stages for a 16th unbroken season.
When asked if it was one of his best European wins, Wenger said: “Yes, given we indispensable a ideal performance. I’m really proud.”
‘The biggest escape’
Arsenal indispensable to win by dual transparent goals in Greece following a stuttering debate that saw them remove their opening dual games opposite Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos.
They were also beaten 5-1 by organisation winners Bayern Munich, though recovered to validate with an achieved arrangement in Greece.
“I told we before a diversion it would be a biggest escape,” Wenger told BT Sport.
“It is a illusory feat for us. When we demeanour during who we’ve mislaid in a final 3 weeks, we’ve mislaid Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez among other long-term injuries. Not many people gave us a chance.
“We are a genuine team. In a sauce room this organisation is really tighten and we could see that again today.”
‘Our aim is a quarter-finals’
Giroud saw a Gunners by with a clinical hat-trick comprising of a header, a low shot and a penalty.
He now has 13 goals this deteriorate and after revelation he was relieved to sign qualification, a striker looked brazen to Monday’s last-16 draw.
“We wish to go as distant as we can,” pronounced Giroud. “The aim is to maybe strech during slightest a entertain final.
“It’s a fourth year I’m here and we have never played a quarter-final. We will have a good rest and open a new page of a Champions League in February.”
BBC Sport arch football author Phil McNulty
Arsenal’s brush with Champions League brinksmanship saw them pile-up out to a vastly defective Monaco side final deteriorate – this time they embraced a vigour opposite Olympiakos and ensured a run that has seen a Gunners strech a final 16 any year given 2000 was not broken.
Arsene Wenger’s side indispensable to lift out something special in a antagonistic Greek atmosphere to quarrel their approach out of a dilemma as progressing waste divided to Dinamo Zagreb and home to Olympiakos, dual really normal teams, put them on a behind foot.
Come a hour come a male and this time it was often-derided Olivier Giroud who did a pursuit with a hat-trick. What a reward for Wenger to have a France striker looking so good, ably assisted by a glorious Joel Campbell, with Alexis Sanchez out harmed and Theo Walcott not entirely fit. How he indispensable them.
It was a service for Wenger too, after his preference to cite David Ospina to Petr Cech in idea opposite Olympiakos during The Emirates saw a Colombian dump a round into his possess net in a 3-2 detriment that threatened to infer decisive.
This was a night, however, when no regard was too high for Arsenal and Wenger. The manager who never loses faith in his players was repaid with a place in a knockout proviso of a Champions League on a noted European night.
Who’s by to final 16?
The 8 organisation winners will be drawn opposite a 8 runners-up, nonetheless teams from a same nation can't play any other.
Team who faced any other in a organisation theatre also can't be drawn together.