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Goals from Özil and Sanchez keep Gunners' Champions League hopes alive

After defeating Dinamo Zagreb, Arsenal must win their remaining group game to progress to the last-16.

Sanchez bagged himself a brace.
Sanchez bagged himself a brace.
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Updated at 21.50

Alexis Sanchez was involved in all three goals as Arsenal kept their hopes of Champions League progression alive with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb.

Having provided the assist for Mesut Ozil to open the scoring after 29 minutes, Sanchez found the net either side of half-time to wrap up a vital win.

With just one Group F win to their name prior to Tuesday’s tie, Arsene Wenger’s side needed three points at the Emirates Stadium to stand any chance of reaching the last 16. After dominating possession without threatening early on, they eventually opened the scoring when Ozil capped a well-worked attacking move.

Sanchez doubled the advantage 12 minutes from the interval, before rounding goalkeeper Eduardo to complete the scoring in the 69th minute.

The result leaves Arsenal needing a two-goal victory at second-placed Olympiacos – who were thumped 4-0 at Bayern Munich – to guarantee progression in a fortnight.

Wenger can take heart from his side dominating a team they had lost to on the opening matchday this season, with Mathieu Flamini turning in a steady performance in the injury-enforced absence of Francis Coquelin in midfield and Aaron Ramsey returning from a hamstring problem.

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