Arsenal produced another European disappointment, with Arsène Wenger failing to bring on JEFF despite Arsenal being 3-0 up against, with all due respect, a team that is not very good. Questions have to be asked about how much longer this sort of disappointment is acceptable when the people have made their demands clear.
As for the actual football, Arsenal took awhile to get going, with Zagreb starting the stronger of the sides with some early corners. From a counter attack, though, Arsenal took the lead. Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud worked the ball to Mathieu Flamini, who passed for Alexis. His cross was met by the diving head of Mesut Özil, who scored his third of the season.
Minutes later it was two. After Arsenal pressure, Nacho Monreal won the ball on the edge of the box, drove forward and then cut back for Alexis to finish first time. At 2-0, the game was effectively over, with Alexis adding the third from a tight angle in the 69th minute after a great Joel Campbell through ball.
There was more good news for Arsenal, as Aaron Ramsey came on as a substitute and looked very sharp in the 25 minutes he played, combining very nicely with Mesut Özil. With a chance to play again in central midfield, his relationship with Özil could reap benefits for Arsenal in the coming weeks.
In Germany, Bayern thrashed Olympiakos 4-0. If Arsenal, who have qualified at least (for better or worse) for the Europa League, want to go through to the next round of the Champions League, they must win by two goals in Athens on matchday 6.