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Arsenal 3-0 Dinamo Zagreb

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Emirates Stadium
Alexis Sanchez scores
Alexis Sanchez scored twice to end a goal drought that had lasted for more than a month

Arsenal's Champions League hopes are still alive after they eased to victory against Dinamo Zagreb at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners' win and Bayern Munich's victory over Olympiakos ensured that a victory by two goals - or by one goal if they score three - in their final group game in Greece would send them into the last 16.

Despite the high stakes, in practice Arsenal had no trouble with a Dinamo side who beat them in the earlier fixture in Croatia.

Man of the match Mesut Ozil headed them in front after 29 minutes and Alexis Sanchez added a second four minutes later before the Chile forward rounded off a fine second half move to give Arsenal the convincing win their superiority deserved.

Ozil pulls the strings

Midfielder Ozil has had his critics since making the £42.4m move to Arsenal from Real Madrid in September 2013 - but he has arguably been the Gunners' most influential player this season.

The elegant Germany international has become the goal-maker supreme, setting a Premier League record with an assist in his seventh successive game when Olivier Giroud put Arsenal ahead at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

And he was pulling all the strings here as Arsenal kept their Champions League campaign on track, not only by displaying a wonderful range of perfectly-measured passing, but by breaking the deadlock and easing nerves inside the stadium with his diving header.

Ozil's languid style sees him painted as something of an enigma, but when he moves so silkily, dictating the tempo in this fashion, he looks a player of the highest quality.

Mesut Ozil goal
Mesut Ozil's diving header finished an Arsenal move that began on the edge of their own area

Sanchez the energiser

If Ozil is the man who provides the brushstrokes on Arsenal's canvas when they are playing well, then Sanchez is the energiser, a perpetual motion combination of intensity and talent that can prove irresistible.

Arsenal did not only get a world-class forward when they paid Barcelona £32m after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, they acquired a character who can set the tone for a performance with his work ethic and desire.

He proved it here, not just with two goals but with his relentless determination to win the ball back when possession was lost, a prime example being in the first half when he chased back 40 yards down Arsenal's left-flank to make three tackles before eventually securing the ball.

The perfect team man.

Alexis Sanchez
Sanchez scored his eighth and ninth goals for Arsenal this season

Can Arsenal come through?

Arsenal are more than capable of getting the victory they require against Olympiakos in Athens to go through to the knockout phase of the Champions League.

They possess more quality than the Greek side - but can they deliver when it matters?

Arsenal have inflicted their own wounds in this campaign, somehow losing away to a Dinamo Zagreb side that looked so average and also to Olympiakos, a 3-2 defeat that saw every part of the Gunners' vulnerability in temperament and defensive technique exposed.

It was made worse by manager Arsene Wenger's decision to select keeper David Ospina ahead of Petr Cech in goal. This will be not be repeated in Greece after Ospina dropped a harmless corner into this own net.

The question now is whether this Arsenal side can be trusted when the pressure is at its highest.

The Gunners have the talent but they cannot afford any mistakes or one of those off nights that have sabotaged their efforts in the Champions League.

Man of the match - Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil
The German was a silky creator and goalscorer. A rare talent when he gets it right.

The stats

  • Arsenal have won successive home Champions League matches at Emirates Stadium for the first time since 2012.
  • Dinamo Zagreb have not won any of their last 12 away games in the competition, failing to find the net in nine of those matches.
  • Alexis Sanchez was involved in three goals in the same Champions League game for the first time.
  • Sanchez has been directly involved in seven of Arsenal's nine Champions League goals this season.
  • Mesut Ozil has been involved in 11 goals in his last nine appearances in all competitions.
  • Ozil scored only his second ever headed goal.
  • The Gunners have scored at least twice in seven successive Champions League group stage matches at home.

What they said

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "It was a good night and Bayern did a good job too.

"We wanted to come out of today with a chance and now we've got it. Now it's down to how well we do against Olympiakos."

Dinamo Zagreb coach Zoran Mamic: "Today Arsenal were the much better team, they were much better than when we played in Zagreb.

"I'm sure they can go through. They have a big chance. They have a lot of quality, much more than Olympiakos. In my opinion they will go through."

What's next?

Arsenal travel to Olympiakos on Wednesday, 9 December. Before then they have Premier League games away at Norwich and at home to Sunderland.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 33Cech
  • 24BellerínSubstituted forDebuchyat 82'minutes
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 6Koscielny
  • 18MonrealBooked at 65mins
  • 20Flamini
  • 19CazorlaSubstituted forChambersat 82'minutes
  • 28Campbell
  • 11Özil
  • 17Sánchez
  • 12GiroudSubstituted forRamseyat 67'minutes


  • 2Debuchy
  • 3Gibbs
  • 5Gabriel
  • 13Ospina
  • 16Ramsey
  • 21Chambers
  • 54Reine Adelaide

Dinamo Zagreb

Formation 4-3-3

  • 34Dos Reis Carvalho
  • 6Pinto
  • 22Sigali
  • 87Taravel
  • 77Matel
  • 10MachadoSubstituted forCoricat 84'minutes
  • 13Gonçalves Dos Santos
  • 8AntolicSubstituted forHenríquezat 70'minutes
  • 20Pjaca
  • 30Rog
  • 11FernandesSubstituted forSoudaniat 57'minutes


  • 2Soudani
  • 3Musa
  • 4Sovsic
  • 9Henríquez
  • 18Pavicic
  • 24Coric
  • 33Mikulic
Viktor Kassai

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamDinamo Zagreb
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arsenal 3, Dinamo Zagreb 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal 3, Dinamo Zagreb 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Marko Rog.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a through ball.

  5. Post update

    Joel Campbell (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb).

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marko Pjaca.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Dinamo Zagreb. Ante Coric replaces Paulo Machado.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Calum Chambers replaces Santiago Cazorla.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Mathieu Debuchy replaces Héctor Bellerín.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Dinamo Zagreb. Marko Rog tries a through ball, but Soudani is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Dinamo Zagreb. Paulo Machado tries a through ball, but Marko Rog is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Marko Pjaca.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Alexandru Matel.

  16. Post update

    Marko Rog (Dinamo Zagreb) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Dinamo Zagreb. Ángelo Henríquez replaces Domagoj Antolic.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Alexandru Matel.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Arsenal 3, Dinamo Zagreb 0. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Joel Campbell with a through ball.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey replaces Olivier Giroud.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 24th November 2015

As It Stood


1Real Madrid431070710
3Shakhtar Donetsk410348-43
4Malmö FF410318-73


1Man Utd42115417
2PSV Eindhoven42026606
4CSKA Moscow411245-14


2Atl Madrid42117257
4FC Astana402228-62


1Man City43018539
4B Mgladbach402226-42


3B Leverkusen5122121115
4BATE Borisov5113512-74


1Bayern Munich54011731412
4Dinamo Zagreb5104312-93


2FC Porto531196310
3Dynamo Kyiv52217438
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv5005115-140


1Zenit St Petersburg5500124815
2KAA Gent52126607
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