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Arsenal’s Midweek Comeback Broke Yet Another Champions League Record

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his thirs and his team's sixth goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Arsenal FC and PFC Ludogorets Razgrad at the Emirates Stadium on October 19, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

On a cold Tuesday night in Bulgaria, Mesut Ozil produced a golazo that broke yet another Champions League record for Arsenal.

In what proved to be an enthralling encounter, Arsenal found themselves 2-0 down after only 15 minutes against Bulgarian champions Ludogorets. However, first-half goals from Granit Xhaka and Olivier Giroud that followed put the sides level, before Ozil’s individual effort late on sealed a win for the Premier League side.

This isn’t the first time Arsene Wenger’s men found themselves with a two-goal deficit in Europe, only to rally back and win the game in alluring fashion. The London-based side has managed the feat on three different occasions, more than any club in the competition’s history according to OptaJoe.

When Arsenal met Shakhtar Donetsk in 2000, the Ukranian side took a two-goal lead, only for a Sylvain Wiltord goal and a brace from Martin Keown saved their blushes. There were similar scenes against Standard Liege in 2009, where Nicklas Bendtner, Thomas Vermaelen, and Eduardo scored to reverse a two-goal deficit.

The recent win away from home will prove significant with Paris St-Germain also picking up three points in their away win against FC Basel last night.

Wenger’s side will meet the French champions at the Emirates later this month, with both sides heading into the game level on points with two left to play.

James McDonald, Pundit Arena

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