Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski scored a last minute winner to snatch all three points from the jaws of defeat against Anderlecht in tonight‘s Champions League clash, reports BBC
The first-half saw both sides fail to register a shot on target, but Arsenal were typically boasting the lion’s share of possession. The Gunners had more chances too, but didn’t come too close to opening the scoring on manager Arsene Wenger’s 65th birthday.
After the break, it was Anderlecht who stunned the visitors, with Andy Najar heading home in the 71st minute. Normally going behind would shock Arsenal into action in pursuit of an equaliser, but it was the Belgium champions who looked more likely to score again.
Les Mauves et Blancs missed a succession of chances to double the host’s lead in the second-half, with debutant Emiliano Martinez making a selection of great saves to keep Arsenal in the game. Wenger’s side eventually punished them for their profligacy late on.
Gunners defender Kieran Gibbs side-footed a volley into the bottom corner to level the game in the last minute of normal time, and substitute Lukas Podolski turned the match on its head, scoring the winner from close range following great work on the right-hand side from summer-signing Alexis Sanchez.
The result means Arsenal remain just three points adrift of Group D leaders Borussia Dortmund, with nine points still to contend for.
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