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.
3 – Arsenal have come back to win from two goals down three times in CL history, more than any other team has. Spirit.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 2, 2016
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