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Arsene Wenger hints it could be Arsenal's lucky year in Europe

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Arsenal completed a dramatic turnaround in the Champions League to book their place in the final 16 on Wednesday evening.

The Gunners finished second in group F behind Bayern Munich after winning three of their last four matches. 

A 3-0 away win against Olympiacos sent the Gunners through to the knockout stages for the 16th consecutive season and Arsene Wenger was full of praise for his side, even suggesting it could be their lucky year in Europe.


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Speaking after the victory in Athens, as per the BT Sport, Wenger said: "I told you before the game it would be a great escape, and I must say I'm very proud of the team.

"Maybe it is a lucky year for us in the Champions League. You never know."

"We needed to be right on the mental side and right on the tactical side as well. We knew we had to push for the third goal because it's very dangerous at 2-0, and we had the perfect game.

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"Nine times out of 10 in that position you are out of the group. We needed something special to switch it on and come back like we did tonight. We needed a complete team performance and that's what it was.

"Maybe it is a lucky year for us in the Champions League. You never know."

The draw for the round of 16 takes place on Monday and Arsenal could face either Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, VfL Wolfsburg or Zenit St. Petersburg.

Having been eliminated from Europe's elite competition at the first knockout stage in five consecutive years, Arsenal fans will be understandably pessimistic of the chances.


However, nobody believed they would reach that stage after losing their first two group games to Dynamo Zagreb and Olympiacos, and Wenger has every right to be optimistic.


Let's face it, it would take something extremely special for Arsenal to go all the way in the Champions League. 

Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid are looked upon as the elite and the Premier League's top clubs are still some way off that level.

But cup football is all about surprises and, over two legs, Arsenal would fancy their chances against a number of clubs still in the competition. 

After all, nobody gave Chelsea a chance in 2012.

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