7 fascinating Opta tweets and stats from Arsenal’s big win in Europe

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Arsenal kept their hopes of progressing to the knockout phase of the Champions League alive in a game that threw up plenty of interesting stats.

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:

But they had some hope, given their Croatian opponents’ disastrous record on the road in continental competition and, more specifically, the Champions League:

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:

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:

By the end of the game, the Chilean had also completed another remarkable feat after setting up the third goal of the encounter:

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:

Gooners, you have been warned!

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