Arsenal returned to winning ways on Tuesday night with a result which wrapped up their job in Group H of the Champions League.
For the first time in three years, Wenger’s men booked a place in the knock-out round as top dogs of their group but for a better measure of consistency, Arsenal had again survived the group stages of the competition for the 10th straight year.
Samir Nasri and Denilson both scored fine first-half goals in what was an entertaining opening 45 minutes at Emirates Stadium, with both sides seeing penalty claims turned down by referee Konrad Plautz.
After dominating possession, the home team’s opening goal came in the 35th minute as Nasri capitalized on a slip from Landry Mulemo, dispatching expertly with his right foot past goalkeeper Sinan Bolat.
And in the second minute of first-half injury-time, Brazilian midfielder Denilson’s effort from long range swerved wickedly to beat Bolat and hand the Gunners a two-goal advantage.
Arsenal largely coasted in the second period, which was played without William Gallas after he sustained a head injury, while the game ended on a sour note for the beaten visitors when Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez was sent off for an altercation with Cesc Fabregas.
But despite having one more game to spare, – at Olympiakos – Arsenal will be awaiting the knock-out stages.