A 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb, coupled with Bayern Munich’s 4-0 victory over Olympiakos, ensured that Arsenal will take qualification for the knockout phase of the Champions League down to the wire.
And while their triumph proved to be somewhat academic, following early goals from Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, the good folk at Opta were still able to dig up plenty of great stats before, during and after the game.
Going into the game, for example, Arsenal were looking to break out of bad habits in Europe:
2 - Arsenal have not won consecutive Champions League games at the Emirates since 2012. Task.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 24, 2015
But they had some hope, given their Croatian opponents’ disastrous record on the road in continental competition and, more specifically, the Champions League:
0 - Dinamo Zagreb have not won any of their last 11 CL away games (D2, L9), failing to score in eight of those games. Tame.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 24, 2015
Meanwhile, Petr Cech, who was flawless on the night, made his own little bit of history by going toe-to-toe with an AC Milan legend and a Manchester United stalwart from years gone by:
Ozil bagged the opener and, in doing so, continued an astonishing run of form in both the Premier League and Europe that is best highlighted by this incredible stat:
11 - Mesut Özil has been involved in 11 goals in his last nine games for Arsenal. Strings.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 24, 2015
He wasn’t the only one impressing either, with Sanchez going on to bag the second and, in the process, extending his own impressive period of influence over goings on for the Gunners:
6 - Alexis Sanchez has played a part in six of Arsenal's 8 Champions League goals so far this season. Critical.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 24, 2015
By the end of the game, the Chilean had also completed another remarkable feat after setting up the third goal of the encounter:
3 - Alexis Sanchez has been involved in three goals in the same Champions League game for the first time. Busy.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 24, 2015
But for all the cheer that greeted Arsenal’s win, along with defeat for Olympiakos, Opta did round things off with a timely reminder of what the Gunners will be up against in Greece:
3 - Arsenal have lost all three previous Champions League games in Olympiakos, all on Matchday 6. Hoodoo.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 24, 2015
Gooners, you have been warned!