Arsenal 6 Ludogorets Razgrad 0
Alexis 12, Walcott 42, Oxlade-Chamberlain 46, Özil 56, 83, 87

Arsenal oozed class and quality and some heavy substance too as they blew away Ludogrets Razgrad at the Emirates stadium on Wednesday evening in their Champions League Group A match. Mesut Özil grabbed his first ever Arsenal and career hat trick in a devastating 31minute spell to leave the Bulgarian champions reeling. First half damage had already been inflicted on the visitors by Alexis Sanchez’s sublime lob and Theo Walcott’s stunner from 20 yards for a 2-0 half time lead. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain then struck shortly after the break and then the game became the Özil show. The German’s first came courtesy Santi Cazorla’s through ball, the move started after a brilliant Laurent Koscielny defensive tackle. Then two assists from Lucas Perez, firstly from the left for an Özil half volley and then from the right when Perez found space to feed Özil for a crisp volley from the right for an Arsenal sixth goal. Having had David Ospina deny Jonathan Cafu and Wanderson, early on, the Gunners stepped up a few gears to destroy the Bulgarian champions and were excellent value in the process too.

Arsene Wenger made four changes from the side which beat Swansea. As is his way in the Champions League, Wenger brought in Ospina, with Kirean Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Francis Coquelin also coming in.

Ludogorets started brightly and the pacy Wanderson, Jonathan Cafu and Virgil Misidjan all looked to threaten Ospina’s goal, but the Columbian was not in the mood to be beaten.

The Gunners took stock of the opening and then began to pass the ball around. Shkodran Mustafi’s long ball out initiated a move which saw Özil shoot at keeper Vladislav Stoyanov after four minutes. Cazorla then released Hector Bellerin, advanced on the right, and a cross which zipped away eluding all in the visitors’ box. Arsenal came again, through Walcott. The striker was fortunate with a defensive ricochet, and despite being in an excellent position to shoot, elected to try to find either Alexis or Özil alongside.

Tighter in defence and confident going forward, Arsenal went ahead after 12 minutes. Oxlade-Chamberlain swept pass was picked up by Alexis wide on the left. Surrounded by a sea of green shirted defenders, the Chile striker checked his run and a brief look up before coolly lobbing Stoyanov from 20 yards. It was an exquisite opener and one which would be the foundation of more to come.

First though Ospina had to be alert with saves from Wanderson and Misidjan. Just before the half hour mark Oxlade-Chamberlain burst through and slipped to ball along for Walcott, combining pretty much as they did against Swansea, but this time at the Clock End. However the result was the same with Walcott a shade off the pace to tap in.

Ludogorets went close again, but again Ospina came out to deny Misidjan and a follow up from Wanderson which clipped the outside of the post and away.

Francis Coquelin was all fired up and his commanding midfield steely self. He won the ball deep in opposition territory and found Walcott. The England man struck firmly, but Stoyanov was there with another save.

Three minutes before the break however, Arsenal doubled their lead. Özil raced over to the wide left corner and briefly paused to look up to see no real red shirted presence in the visitors area. Further out however, Walcott was lurking menacingly and unmarked in oceans of space. Özil pulled back to cross to pick out Walcott to fire home for a 20 yards stunner and a 2-0 scoreline. Alexis then saw his header cause Stoyanov more problems as the Gunners finished the half strong.

A minute after the restart and Arsenal were 3-0 up. Gibbs surged forward to produce a cross which caused panic in the visitors’ defence. The ball came back through a sea of players and Oxlade-Chamberlain fired in an Arsenal third. Three minutes later and Stoyanov denied Walcott and Koscielny headers as the Gunners went searching for more goals.

Just before the hour mark, and Koscileny tracked back at pace to thwart a Ludogorets attack with a brilliant defensive tackle. Cazorla then got hold of the loose ball in space to release Özil. The German bore down on Stoyanov’s goal, kept his composure to stroke in for a 4-0 scoreline.

Arsenal were running riot and should have been awarded a penalty when Alexis was felled by Cosmin Moti, but play was waived on.

Özil’s chip to Oxlade-Chamberlain, was class on its own but his shot was saved by Stoyanov. Lucas Perez had come on for Cazorla and took no time in settling down, but just failed to get clean contact to Oxlade-Chamberlain’s fierce cross.

Seven minutes before time and Oxlade-Chamberlain delivered a pass which required Perez to race to reach the ball. With one touch, the Spain striker fed Özil and the master tactician took one touch to half volley in for 5-0 to the Arsenal.

Ludogorets were well beaten by then but Arsenal hadn’t finished just yet. This time, Perez found Özil from the right for the Arsenal number 11 to volley in and a 6-0 scoreline. In time added on, Bellerin raced in to shoot, but saw sees Stoyanov scramble a save, but the Gunners still recorded a record Champions League win at the Emirates.