Arsenal hit Ludogorets for six as Mesut Ozil fires in 2nd half hat-trick
Arsenal beat Ludogorets 6-0 in their Group A Champions League match at the Emirates Stadium this evening.
The Gunners top the Group A table on goal difference from Paris Saint-Germain.
The French champions beat Basel 3-0 at the Parc des Princes this evening to join Arsenal on seven points.
The Gunners are now unbeaten in their first three Champions League group games for the first time since 2011-12.
It was the first time Arsenal have scored six goals in a Champions League game since September 2010 (6-0 v Braga).
Arsenal looked threatening from the start of the match. The opening chance fell to the in-form Theo Walcott, who misplaced his pass to Mesut Ozil from a great position after being found by Alexis Sanchez in the ninth minute.
It wasn’t long though before the Gunners made the break through against a shaky looking Ludogorets defence. The Bulgarian champions looked technically proficient in possession of the ball, but the high line they attempted to play made them vulnerable to the quick counter attack and through ball.
It was that combination that led to Arsenal taking the lead in the 12th minute.
Alexis Sanchez ran onto a through ball from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Chilean took a defender out of the action by turning the ball back onto his right foot on the edge of the penalty area and then beating the keeper Stoyanov with a delightful chip.
Oxlade-Chamberlain had the opportunity to double the lead shortly afterwards when sent in with a clear run on goal. But unselfishly tried to tee up Theo Walcott for a tap-in from six yards out, but over-hit the pass and the ball went across the six yard line and behind for a goal kick.
David Ospina was twice forced to the edge of his penalty area to thwart dangerous through balls. The first time when Mustafi misjudged a clearing header, Ospina beat Cafu to the ball and palmed it away. Then in the 32nd minute he had to do so again palming the ball away again from Cafu, The ball fell to Wanderson, whose shot clipped the outside of the post.
The Gunners increased their lead in the 42nd minute when Mesut Ozil picked out Walcott outside the penalty area. Walcott lashed the ball into the net for his third Champions League goal in this campaign. It’s his best goal return in any campaign. Ozil’s assist for Walcott’s goal was his first in 10 games in all competitions for Arsenal this season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain got the third a minute into the second half, when he powered in a loose ball into the corner of the net after good work from the recalled Kieran Gibbs down the left.
The goals from Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain are the first time since October 2000 (Ray Parlour and Lee Dixon v Sparta Prague) that two English players have scored in a Champions League match for Arsenal
Ozil then took centre stage hitting a hat-trick with goals in the 56th, 83rd and 87th minutes.
His first came when he ran onto a through ball from Santi Cazorla and raced clear before slotting the ball low past Stoyanov.
Ozil’s second came after good work from substitute Lucas Perez down the left. His cross picked out Ozil, whose shot into the ground bounced over the keeper.
The German completed his hat-trick when Perez picked him out with a cross from the right and his left foot volley beat the keeper at his near post.
The victory was Arsene Wenger’s 100th win in Europe with Arsenal.
Arsenal: Ospina 7, Bellerin 7, Gibbs 6, Mustafi 7, Koscielny 6, Coquelin 7, Cazorla 7 (Elneny), Walcott 7 (Perez), Oxlade-Chamberlain 7, Ozil 8, Sanchez 9 (Iwobi)