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Published: 11:59 | 17/12/15

Wenger hails 'perfect game'


Arsene Wenger was understandably thrilled after watching his Arsenal side win 3-0 at Olympiakos, a result which saw them book their place in the Champions League knockout stages.

"I told you before that it would be the greatest escape. I must say I'm very proud of the team as we had to be right on the mental and tactical side. At 2-0 we had to push for a third goal, it was too dangerous to stay at 2-0."

"Nine times out of 10 you are out. We needed something special to come back like we did and tonight we needed a complete team performance. This team really is a team and they showed it again.

"You don't need to single Giroud out tonight because he scored the goals. But he showed character again with the penalty."

Jose Mourinho meanwhile apologised to the Chelsaea fans for their season in general so far despite the 2-0 win which sent them through to the last 16 as Group G winners.

An own goal on 12 minutes and Willian's fine strike not long after the break saw them eliminate Porto and the Portuguese paid tribute to his players' desire.

"The players were really committed to get a result, as much for their pride," he said. "They didn't want to go to the Europa League and especially after the last defeat at home, a second successive defeat would have been an attack to their pride.

"They were compact and always had initiative, they tried to win even when the draw would have been enough. They deserved to win.

"We are not lucky in the Premier League. Luck is part of the game. In the Premier League every detail goes against us and it was a little attack to the players' confidence. It was an important result for the players and the clubs.

"The supporters are unbelievable in their support towards me and I feel sorry I cannot give them more than I am giving them."

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