When Arsene Wenger opted to make four changes for the Champions League match with Ludogorets at the Emirates on Wednesday, there was a chance he might have disrupted the side's rhythm. However, the excellent performances from his quartet of understudies ensured that the Gunners remained on track with a thumping 6-0 win. David Ospina, Kieran Gibbs, Francis Coquelin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all justified their selection as Arsenal's outstanding run continued with a seventh consecutive win.
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain showed with his goal in the 6-0 Champions League win over Ludogorets on Wednesday that he can still be an impact player for Arsenal this season.
But the question is whether it was enough to make a claim for a more regular starting role in this team.
The 23-year-old said last weekend he may have to consider his Arsenal future at the end of this season if he can't establish himself as a regular in Arsene Wenger's lineup, having fallen behind Alex Iwobi in the pecking order.
Aitor Karanka must pick up a bruised and battered Middlesbrough side, sore from a pitiful 1-0 defeat against Watford.
An away trip to Arsenal is definitely not what you'd choose next but the fact of the matter is that Boro will be -- and should be -- scrapping and battling for every last point in the Premier League. No matter who the opponent, what counts is that the team spirit is there and that there is at least some energy and purpose to the performance.
Mesut Ozil scored a brilliant hat-trick as Arsenal recorded a 6-0 win at home to Ludogorets Razgrad in Champions League Group A play, their ninth win in 10 games in all competitions.
Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring with a sublime chipped finish and Theo Walcott's curler from outside the box was special too, giving Arsenal a 2-0 half-time lead that in truth they did not merit, only some fine work from David Opsina keeping Ludogorets at bay.
But any hint of a possible comeback from the visitors...
LONDON -- Here are three thoughts from Arsenal's 6-0 victory over Ludogorets in the Champions League on Wednesday at the Emirates Stadium.
1. Arsenal have real chance to top group
No alarms, no surprises.
Arsenal did not have to wait long for a goal in this 6-0 demolition of Bulgarian side Ludogorets, and it could mean one long drought will finally come to an end. It has been five years since the Gunners finished first in a group, but after three games, that's exactly where they sit. With Mesut...