What a great win for Arsenal on Wednesday night against Borussia Dortmund in Germany. It was a must win for both teams in a bid to qualify for the knock out phase of the Champions League. Aaron Ramsey grabbed the winner for the Gunners with a headed goal in the second half.
Following the win, Arsene Wenger said, ‘This is a huge result. I just hope it strengthens the belief of the team. We have another massive game on Sunday (at Manchester United) and we want that kind of performance again. Not many teams in the Champions League could achieve this. Overall I would say the team has shown huge solidarity to get through difficult moments in the game.
‘We won against a very good team and I respect them. There was maybe more at stake here than when we won in Munich (last season) because people felt they took the game easy because they had beaten us 3-1 at home.’
Looking at the players who guided Arsenal to this fantastic victory, it is difficult to single anyone out as the whole team did well but we have to try pick a man of the match.
Szczesny had another solid game and yet again managed to keep another clean sheet. He made a couple of crucial saves in the game which boosted his confidence. There is talk that Arsenal need another goalkeeper but our current number one is doing a fine job.
The Arsenal defence held their own on Wednesday night and managed to keep out the potent Dortmund attack. Some people are now comparing the current back four to the legendary one of Dixon, Keown, Adams and Winterburn; but let’s not get too carried away yet, our current crop still have a long way to go to be compared to those legends but they are well on their way there.
In the middle of the park, I felt Arteta did not have one of his better games for Arsenal and was lucky not to be sent off for two bookable offences. What more can you say about Ramsey, the boy can not stop scoring! Ramsey ran his socks off during the game and was rewarded by grabbing the winning goal. Hopefully he can keep this form up for the rest of the season.
Our attacking trio of Ozil, Cazorla and Rosicky were as always at their best. For me the man of the match has to be Rosicky as he put in a great shift; closing down Dortmund when need be and attacking when we were in possession.
Giroud yet again put in a very good display for us. he may not have scored but he held the ball up very well. He is turning out to be one of the best back-to-goal strikers in Europe.