On their first visit to a place where a shake of the head means yes, perhaps Arsenal can be forgiven the outbreak of confusion which produced a most unexpected European nail-biter.
Arsene Wenger‘s team found themselves two down inside a quarter of an hour on a bitterly cold night in the Bulgarian capital against a team they beat 6-0 just weeks earlier. Football, eh?
Without his first-choice full-backs, Wenger watched a defensive chaos engulf his team, the sort he must have dared to think had been eradicated by some solid summer signings.
Arsenal were shocked early on as Jonathan Cafu of Ludogorets opened the scoring for the home side in the 12th minute.Cafu celebrated wildly following his goal as Arsenal suffered the worst possible start at the Vasil Levski National StadiumLudogorets, remarkably, then made it 2-0 as Claudiu Keseru added a second to Cafu’s shock opener.Keseru and Cafu (left) can’t believe their luck after the Bulgarians extended their advantage against Arsene Wenger’s teamArsenal were soon on the comeback trail though as Granit Xhaka narrowed their deficit with a left-footed effort Striker Olivier Giroud sent Arsenal into the break on a high as his goal pulled the away side back into the game at 2-2A tight second half saw little between the sides but with just minutes to go, Mesut Ozil stepped up to win it with a cool finishOzil ran towards the Arsenal fans to celebrate his dramatic late winner which came after a piece of brilliant skill