Arsenal Add Another Champions League Record to the One They Achieved in 2006
Arsenal‘s enthralling 3-2 victory over Ludogorets in the Champions League has seen the club set a new record for retrieving deficits in Europe.
Arsene Wenger’s men fell two goals down after 15 minutes in Bulgaria, but went on to recover and eventually ran out 3-2 winners.
This marks the third occasion that the Gunners have managed to overturn a two goal deficit and win a European match – more than any other team in the history of the Champions League.
Ludogorets took the lead in the 12th minute of the game through Jonathan Cafu, and Claudiu Keseru put the Bulgarian side 2-0 to the good after only a quarter of an hour.
But Arsenal instantly responded, and goals from Granit Xhaka and Olivier Giroud saw the Gunners go into the half time break all square. Mesut Ozil completed the comeback with a delightful 87th minute winner.
The previous two matches in which the North London club were able to perform the feat were away at Standard Liege in 2009, and at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2000. Both saw the opposition race into a two goal lead; both saw the Gunners come storming back to win 3-2.
Despite being widely renowned as a team that frequently fails to hit the heights that it should in Europe, this record shows that a certain spirit is present in the Arsenal ranks. Incidentally, they also hold another Champions League record – the longest run of games without conceding a goal.
Wenger’s side went ten games without letting in a single goal in the competition in 2005/06, until they met Barcelona in the final and were eventually beaten 2-1.
But that run still stands today, and the Gunners have added another European record to it after the victory in Bulgaria this week.