Gibbs and Podolski rescue Arsenal

(AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

BRUSSELS (AP) Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski scored in the final minutes to give Arsenal 2-1 victory over Anderlecht and a thrilling Champions League birthday present for manager Arsene Wenger.

With defeat seeming assured, Gibbs brought Arsenal back into the game in the 89th minute with a low volley. Podolski followed up from close range in stoppage time after a goalmouth scramble to keep the London side second in Group D.

Anderlecht had sensed victory after midfielder Andy Najar gave the Belgian champion a 1-0 lead with a powerful header which wrong-footed Arsenal's third-choice goalie Emiliano Martinez in the 71st minute.

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