Arsenal managed to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win on the road against Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Ludogorets jumped out to take a 2-0 lead within the opening 15 minutes after goals by Jonathan Cafu and Claudiu Keseru. Goals by Granit Xhaka and Olivier Giroud tied things up by halftime, and in the 87th minute Mesut Ozil managed to find a winner for the Gunners, who has now sealed a place in the knockout stages. Manager Arsene Wenger was pleased that his side managed to find a way to win after a poor start.
“We were caught cold and were 2-0 down and after that I felt we didn’t panic, kept our composure and came slowly back,” Wenger said. “It was good to be 2-2 at half-time. In the second half we dropped a little bit physically and we continued to dominate the game, but we were exposed to their counter-attacks. After, I would like to say three more things. First of all our keeper made one or two saves in the second half, we managed to score a great goal just before the end and Ludogorets are a good team who maintained the intensity tonight that they couldn’t maintain at the Emirates.”
Wenger praised his side’s team spirit, and their ability to keep fighting.
“I give credit to the team spirit because it’s linked with belief,” Wenger said. “When you have positive results it shows a healthy mentality in the group together, and that comes out in these kind of games.”