The Gunners, who hadn’t won in their last three visits to Olmpiakos, all of which co-incidentally came on gameweek 6 in the Champions League group stages of those respective seasons, needed to win by a two goal margin or more to qualify for the knockout stages of Europe’s elite footballing competition. Under pressure, having lost their home tie against the Greeks, Arsenal came up with a professional victory and went awy with a 0-3 win. Olivier Giroud was the man of the moment, scoring a brilliant hat-trick, taking his season’s tally to thirteen goals.
Having started off badly in the competition, Arsenal were threatened with getting knocked out to the Europa League, a fate suffered by their domestic rivals Manchester United a night before, but good results against Bayern Munich and Dinamo Zagreb at home and last night’s performance saw Arsene Wenger’s men qualify for the knock out stages for the 16th season in a row, a record matched only by Spanish giants Real Madrid. Let’s have a look at some of the key takeaways from the game