Arsenal went into their final Champions League fixture with Basel expecting yet another second-placed finish in their group.
The Gunners have crashed out of the last-16 stage in the last six Champions League campaign - five of which they finished second in their group.
In recent years, they’ve faced both Barcelona and Bayern Munich due to their inability to finish top of their group, so you can understand why they were so keen to finish above Paris Saint-Germain.
However, their task on matchday six was a difficult one if they wanted to overcome PSG. They needed to better the result of the French side with Arsenal travelling to Basel and PSG hosting Ludogorets.
But the Gunners eased to a 4-1 victory in Switzerland and Ludogorets surprisingly held PSG to a 2-2 draw.
It meant Arsenal finished top of their group after four wins and two draws from their six matches - meaning they will avoid Napoli, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Monaco in the knockout stage.
Arsenal fans were understandably pleased to finish top of their group and so too were their players, it seems.
That’s because Mesut Ozil took to Twitter immediately after Arsenal’s victory to thank Ludogorets for their help.
However, maybe Ozil should have waited until Monday’s last-16 draw before paying tribute to Ludogorets. That’s because Arsenal could still face Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Juventus in the next round.
Ozil thanked Ludogorets for assisting Arenal but it’s usually Ozil doing the assisting. The former Real Madrid star was at his very best in Switzerland against Basel. The World Cup winner played a key role in both of Lucas Perez’s goals in the first-half and laid the fourth on a plate for Alex Iwobi after the break.
The performance just continued on from what we have seen from Ozil this season with him producing consistently brilliant performances for Arsene Wenger’s side. He’s already scored seven goals in all competitions for the north London club - just one goal shy of his best tally since moving to the club in 2013.
With Ozil in this sort of form, there's no reason why Arsenal can't end their long wait for a Premier League trophy and go far in the Champions League - that's if they avoid a big side in the next round.
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