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Delighted Wenger: My Gunners played the perfect game

By Robert Jones

Arsene Wenger felt his Arsenal side had played "the perfect game" in the 3-0 win over Olympiakos in Athens, a victory that saw the Gunners clinch a last-gasp spot in the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

Arsenal had looked doomed after early defeats against the Greeks and Dinamo Zagreb but made it through against all the odds, Olivier Giroud's hat-trick securing safe passage.

"I told you before the game it would be a great escape, and I must say I'm very proud of the team," Wenger said.

"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. 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.

"I'm proud of consistency because it demands a lot of effort every day and I think that's what it's about. We escaped, maybe it's a lucky tear for us in the Champions League.

"If you look at the players who were out and the kind of performance we produced, the performance is absolutely outstanding," he added.

Hat-trick hero Giroud said: "It's fantastic for me and the team. We are really pleased to go through.

"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.

"It is my fourth year here and I've never played a quarter-final."

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