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Anderlecht 1 Arsenal 2: Gibbs, Podolski score late for visitors

Anderlecht 1 Arsenal 2: Gibbs, Podolski score late for visitors

Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski scored in the last five minutes as Arsenal claimed an incredible 2-1 win at Anderlecht on Wednesday.

Arsenal looked down and out after Andy Najar’s 71st-minute header gave Anderlecht a deserved lead in the Group D UEFA Champions League encounter.

But Anthony Vanden Borre hit the post and Anderlecht wasted other late chances, for which they were made to pay.

Gibbs first drew Arsenal level in the 88th minute, volleying home at the back post before Podolski rifled in from close range in the 91st minute.

Chancel Mbemba Mangulu could not clear Alexis Sanchez’s cut-back and the rebound fell invitingly to the Germany international, who sent the away fans wild when he fired home from four yards.

And the win means Arsenal are in a strong position to qualify from Group D, with their last-gasp triumph putting them five points clear of both Anderlecht and Galatasaray – who were beaten 4-0 by Borussia Dortmund – in second.

With Wojciech Szczesny suspended and back-up David Ospina sidelined with a thigh injury, Arsene Wenger handed a start in goal to former Argentina youth international Emiliano Martinez.

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