Arsenal still in it


November 25, 2015
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (centre) celebrates with his teammates after his opening goal during the Champions League Group F match between Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb, at The Emirates Stadium in London yesterday.


Arsenal received a Champions League lifeline courtesy of Alexis Sanchez's double and assistance from Bayern Munich yesterday.

With the quality at their disposal, the Gunners should not have made life so difficult for themselves in Group F. But a spot in the round of 16 for the 16th consecutive season remains in Arsenal's hands when the London club heads to Olympiakos next month.

The Gunners eased to a 3-0 victory over Dynamo Zagreb yesterday with the type of commanding display they required, but lacked in September when the tone for the campaign was set by a damaging defeat in Croatia in the group opener. Those are the only points Zagreb have collected in five games.

Despite losing three of their five group-stage games, Arsene Wenger's side can still advance next month by winning at Olympiakos 2-0 or by a one-goal margin of at least 3-2 due to the head-to-head

formula used by UEFA to separate teams.

Olympiakos, who were thrashed 4-0 by leaders Bayern, remain second, but are only three points ahead of an Arsenal side they beat in London in September.

Although Arsenal are depleted by injuries, a repeat of September's loss to Zagreb never seemed on the cards at Emirates Stadium.

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