Aaron Ramsey shouted at Mesut Ozil just before goal vs Ludogorets

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Arsenal's infamous November curse appeared to have struck when they went 2-0 down within 15 minutes against Ludogorets on Tuesday night.

The Gunners are notoriously poor around the Christmas period and yet, in an unexpected turnaround, they clawed their way back to win 3-2 thanks to Mesut Ozil's late winner.

And what a goal it was. From Mohamed Elneny's ball over the top, which sent the German through on goal, he chipped the Ludogorets goalkeeper and embarrassed two defenders before slotting into an open net.


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It was calm and composed personified.

The same couldn't have been said about Arsenal's bench, though, who all had hearts in mouths as Ozil bore down on goal to secure a place in the Champions League last 16.

In fact, so nervous was Aaron Ramsey - who was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 75th minute - that he shouted at Ozil from the sidelines to shoot.

In a post-game interview, per the Telegraph, he said: "I was just saying: 'Shoot! Shoot!' so many times and he kept faking.

"He's a quality player and it was a great finish, so calm in that situation. And it topped off a great evening for us.

"I'm sure a lot of players would have shot first time, but not him. He made a couple of their players look a bit silly actually, sliding on the floor.

"It was a great finish and we're just delighted to come away with a win."

It's a good job Ozil ignored Ramsey, because had he attempted to lob Milan Borjan - or even taken the shot earlier - the outcome might have been very different.

But he didn't and the task at hand for Arsenal now is to beat Paris Saint-Germain to top spot and give themselves an easier route into the quarter-finals.

Not since the 2009/10 campaign have Arsene Wenger's men reached the last eight, having lost to Barcelona last season and Monaco in 2015.

Arsenal's focus will turn to Sunday's north London derby against Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium, where Ramsey hopes he and his teammates can extend their lead at the top of the Premier League.

"It was just important to keep the momentum going," the Welshman added. "We've been on a great run lately and to keep that ticking over puts us in a good position going into the derby game.

"[Tottenham have] been a tough challenge in the last couple of seasons. It's a derby game, we know what to expect. They're unbeaten in the league so far this season.

"It's up to us to break them down. We're at home and we're full of confidence, we can come away with a win.”

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