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Arsenal fight back to reach last 16

Mesut Ozil scores Arsenal's winner against Ludogorets Razgrad

Mesut Ozil has scored four goals in his past two Champions League games, after scoring just three in his previous 22

Mesut Ozil scored a stunning late goal as a resilient Arsenal came back from 2-0 down to beat at Ludogorets Razgrad and reach the Champions League knockout stages.

Ozil was a picture of composure as he ran through on goal, chipped the keeper and cut inside two defenders before slotting in from close range for a dramatic winner.

Earlier on, Arsenal’s hopes of a repeat of their 6-0 win in the reverse tie were quickly dispelled when Jonathan Cafu put Ludogorets in front against the run of play by steering in a left-footed volley from a Wanderson free-kick.

Cafu turned provider three minutes later as he jinked past Kieran Gibbs and squared a ball for Claudiu Keseru to turn in as the Bulgarian side shocked the Gunners with a second in a frantic opening.

Granit Xhaka guided in a 15-yard shot from an Ozil cross to pull one back for Arsene Wenger’s side before Olivier Giroud expertly headed in Aaron Ramsey’s clipped cross to equalise.

Arsenal keeper David Ospina twice saved from Wanderson before Ozil secured his side’s progress into the last 16.

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Mesut magic gives Arsenal edge

One of the highlights of Arsenal’s season so far has been the goalscoring form of Ozil. The German playmaker has already taken his tally this season to seven, having scored eight for the Gunners in total last season.

He should have opened the scoring early on when Francis Coquelin played him through on goal but he struck a tame shot that was easily saved.

Ludogorets punished the miss with two goals, but Ozil gesticulated for his team to increase their effort as he played a key part in Arsenal’s recovery.

He set up Xhaka for his first Champions League goal and timed his run to perfection to meet Mohamed Elneny’s pass on the way his goal, adding to his hat-trick in the first game against Ludogorets at the Emirates.

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Match ends, Ludogorets Razgrad 2, Arsenal 3.

Second Half ends, Ludogorets Razgrad 2, Arsenal 3.

Foul by Mesut Özil (Arsenal).

Anicet (Ludogorets Razgrad) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. José Luis Palomino (Ludogorets Razgrad) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wanderson with a cross.

Corner, Ludogorets Razgrad. Conceded by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Iwobi replaces Alexis Sánchez.

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Virgil Misidjan (Ludogorets Razgrad).

Goal! Ludogorets Razgrad 2, Arsenal 3. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mohamed Elneny with a through ball.

Substitution, Arsenal. Mohamed Elneny replaces Granit Xhaka.

Offside, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tries a through ball, but Mesut Özil is caught offside.

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

Jonathan Cafu (Ludogorets Razgrad) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcelinho (Ludogorets Razgrad).

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross.

Foul by Granit Xhaka (Arsenal).

Virgil Misidjan (Ludogorets Razgrad) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal).

Wanderson (Ludogorets Razgrad) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution, Ludogorets Razgrad. Virgil Misidjan replaces Claudiu Keseru.

Foul by Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal).

Cosmin Moti (Ludogorets Razgrad) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Wanderson (Ludogorets Razgrad).

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Svetoslav Dyakov.

Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Aaron Ramsey.

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Svetoslav Dyakov (Ludogorets Razgrad).

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

Svetoslav Dyakov (Ludogorets Razgrad) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Cafu (Ludogorets Razgrad) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Wanderson.

Foul by Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal).

Wanderson (Ludogorets Razgrad) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal).

Wanderson (Ludogorets Razgrad) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

Jonathan Cafu (Ludogorets Razgrad) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37823801