|Arsene Wenger hailed a "perfect game" from his team after seeing Arsenal win 3-0 in Olympiakos to secure their place in the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League.|
The Gunners travelled to Greece needing a win by more than two goals as they would finish level on points in Group F with Olympiakos and the superior team is decided on a head-to-head basis.
Olivier Giroud netted a fine hat-trick, his first for the north Londoners, in a glittering performance by the Premier League side, where Joel Campbell was also one of those to impress in the absence of so many star men.
"I told you before the game it would be a great escape,” Wenger told BT Sport.
“And I must say I'm very proud of the team.
"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.
"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."
Wenger’s fellow Frenchman Giroud, 29, opened the scoring with a header which fortuitously came off goalkeeper Roberto.
Giroud added a second after good work by Costa Rican forward Campbell, with the number 12 finishing well into the far corner.
He completed his trio at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium with a well-taken penalty.
Giroud, who was sent off earlier in the competition as Arsenal lost in Zagreb, later commented: "It's fantastic for me and the team.
“We are really pleased to go through tonight.
“We were not in a good position and finally we've done it so we're very pleased for the club and the fans.
"We want to go as far as we can. Our target is maybe to reach the quarter-finals.
"Personally it is my fourth year here and I've never played a quarter-finals so we will see the draw, have a rest, and open a new page in the Champions League in February."
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