Arsenal players celebrating a win against Porto at Emirates Stadium PHOTO/Courtsey

Arsenal reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2010 after beating Porto in a penalty shootout.

Arsenal went into the second leg of last 16 1-0 down,but drew level when Leandro Trossard put them ahead on the night four minutes before halftime with a smooth finish following an assist from the captain Martin Odegaard.

Porto failed to yield a win even after extra time and it was Arsenal who held their nerve to go through to the last eight.

Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya PHOTO/Courtesy

Martin Odegaard, Kai Havertz, Bukayo Saka and Declan Rice were all on target for Arsenal as David Raya saved from Wendell and Galeno to seal victory for Mikel Arteta’s side amid scenes of wild celebration.

Arsenal have had the ideal few days, breaking that barrier into the last eight of Europe’s elite competition while also taking their place at the top of the Premier League.

Arsenal’s next game is the mammoth clash with Premier League champions Manchester City at Etihad Stadium on 31 March and Arteta now has time to take a breath and regather his forces in a position of real strength.