Mesut Ozil’s first hat trick of his career and goals from Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave Arsenal an emphatic step towards booking their place in the Champions League last 16, thrashing Bulgaria’s Ludogorets Razgrad 6-0 at Emirates Stadium.
If the Gunners win the reverse fixture on November 1, they could seal qualification for the 17th consecutive year, even with two games to spare.
Alexis Sanchez opened scoring in the 12th minute, followed by Walcott, 30 minutes after. Then Oxlade-Chamberlain’s close-range finish in the first minute of the second half, prepared the ground for Ozil’s goal blitz.
Paris St Germain’s 2-0 victory over Basel ensured the French side remains level on seven points with Basel and Ludogorets trailing behind on a solitary point each.
Ludogorets have only reached the group stage once before and Arsenal set about asserting their authority from the outset.