Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his side produced a “complete team performance” against Olympiakos to seal qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League.
France striker Olivier Giroud who now has 13 goals this season netted a hat-trick as the Gunners won 3-0 in Athens on Wednesday to maintain their excellent record of making the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League for the 16th successive season.
When asked if the display in Greece was one of his best European wins, the Arsenal boss said:
“Yes, because we needed a perfect performance. I’m very proud.
“I told you before the game it would be the greatest escape. It is a fantastic achievement for us. When you look at who we’ve lost in the last three weeks, we’ve lost Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez among other long-term injuries.
Not many people gave us a chance. We are a real team. In the dressing room this team is very close and you could see that again today.” Wenger told BT Sport
Arsenal needed to win by two clear goals in Greece following a stuttering campaign which saw them lose their opening two games against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos before being hammered 5-1 by group winners Bayern Munich.