Wenger hails ‘complete’ display

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

Gunners won 3-0

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.”

Theo Walcott, right, done his initial start given Oct opposite Olympiakos

Theo Walcott, right, done his initial start given Oct opposite Olympiakos

‘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.

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