Match ends, Arsenal 3, Dinamo Zagreb 0.
Arsenal 3-0 Dinamo Zagreb
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.
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.
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
- 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."
Arsenal travel to Olympiakos on Wednesday, 9 December. Before then they have Premier League games away at Norwich and at home to Sunderland.
- 24BellerínSubstituted forDebuchyat 82'minutes
- 18MonrealBooked at 65mins
- 19CazorlaSubstituted forChambersat 82'minutes
- 12GiroudSubstituted forRamseyat 67'minutes
- 54Reine Adelaide
- 34Dos Reis Carvalho
- 10MachadoSubstituted forCoricat 84'minutes
- 13Gonçalves Dos Santos
- 8AntolicSubstituted forHenríquezat 70'minutes
- 11FernandesSubstituted forSoudaniat 57'minutes
- Viktor Kassai
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Arsenal 3, Dinamo Zagreb 0.
Attempt missed. Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Marko Rog.
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.
Joel Campbell (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb).
Attempt saved. Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marko Pjaca.
Substitution, Dinamo Zagreb. Ante Coric replaces Paulo Machado.
Substitution, Arsenal. Calum Chambers replaces Santiago Cazorla.
Substitution, Arsenal. Mathieu Debuchy replaces Héctor Bellerín.
Offside, Dinamo Zagreb. Marko Rog tries a through ball, but Soudani is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Offside, Dinamo Zagreb. Paulo Machado tries a through ball, but Marko Rog is caught offside.
Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Marko Pjaca.
Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Alexandru Matel.
Marko Rog (Dinamo Zagreb) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box.
Substitution, Dinamo Zagreb. Ángelo Henríquez replaces Domagoj Antolic.
Attempt missed. Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Alexandru Matel.
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.
Substitution, Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey replaces Olivier Giroud.
Corner, Dinamo Zagreb. Conceded by Nacho Monreal.
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Nacho Monreal (Arsenal).
Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Joel Campbell (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.
Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jérémy Taravel.
Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb).
Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ivo Pinto.
Corner, Dinamo Zagreb. Conceded by Mathieu Flamini.
Attempt blocked. Alexandru Matel (Dinamo Zagreb) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marko Pjaca.
Substitution, Dinamo Zagreb. Soudani replaces Junior Fernandes.
Offside, Arsenal. Santiago Cazorla tries a through ball, but Alexis Sánchez is caught offside.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Jérémy Taravel (Dinamo Zagreb).
Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mathieu Flamini with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Junior Fernandes (Dinamo Zagreb) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marko Pjaca.
Attempt missed. Domagoj Antolic (Dinamo Zagreb) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paulo Machado.
Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross.