Arsene Wenger believes that this could be “a lucky year” for Arsenal in the Champions League after the Gunners completed “the greatest escape”.
Arsenal required a victory by two goals or more, or by scoring three or more and simply winning, against Olympiakos on Wednesday in order to secure qualification from their Champions League group.
A 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich last month left Arsenal dead last in their group, needing two wins from two in order to finish runners-up behind the Germans.
An Olivier Giroud hat-trick sealed what Wenger described as “the greatest escape”, with the Arsenal boss now looking ahead to the draw for the last 16.
“We’ll see who we get next round, I’ve not even looked at that,” Wenger said.
“We were in escape mode before the game and we needed something special. I told you that it would be the greatest escape. When you do that, it creates a positive memory for the rest of the season. Maybe it is a lucky year for us in the Champions League. You never know.
“When we look at who we lost [to injuries] in the last three weeks – Coquelin, Cazorla and Sánchez – and we came here with all the other players who were already out, not many people gave us a chance.
“But we are a real team. We are very close in the dressing room and you could see this tonight. We needed the perfect performance and it was one of the best we have given in Europe.”