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Late goal ensures Arsenal advance in ECL

Press Association logoPress Association 1/11/2016 By Mark Mann-Bryans

A late Mesut Ozil strike has allowed Arsenal to come from two goals behind to beat Ludogorets and secure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

With Group A rivals Paris St Germain beating Basle in Switzerland, a win for the Gunners would be enough to see them through with two games to spare.

And Ozil popped up with three minutes remaining to complete a 3-2 win, which had looked improbable following a shaky start to proceedings at the Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia.

Ludogorets were two goals ahead inside the opening 15 minutes as Jonathan Cafu and Claudiu Keseru struck.

But a first Champions League goal for Granit Xhaka and a header from Olivier Giroud before the break had Arsenal level and Ozil's late heroics mean they have qualified from the opening group stage for a 17th consecutive season.

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