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October 23, 2013 12:15 AM IST
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ J. Eriksson‎
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Player Ratings: Arsenal 1-2 Borussia Dortmund

Gunners sunk by late Lewandowski strike to leave Group F neck and neck at the halfway stage, with both teams plus Napoli level on six points each after three games

By Greg Stobart at Emirates Stadium

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    53
    43
    2.50

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Wrong-footed for the Dortmund opener and could do nothing about Lewandowski's winner. Otherwise quick off his line and solid with his handling.

  • Bacary Sagna
    26
    80
    1.50

    Bacary Sagna

    Very sloppy defensively at times and nowhere to be seen for Lewandowski's winner. Dangerous cross whipped in from the right caused all sorts of confusion and led to Giroud's equaliser.

  • Per Mertesacker
    56
    32
    3.00

    Per Mertesacker

    Wanted too much time on the ball but solid defensively as he took on the tough task of dealing with Lewandowski's movement and made some excellent interceptions.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    64
    33
    3.00

    Laurent Koscielny

    Aggressively looked to win the ball and deny Dortmund the chance to turn the Arsenal defence.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    23
    62
    2.00

    Kieran Gibbs

    Dragged inside a couple of times in the second-half but the left-back's defending was very solid and he made some strong challenges.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    94
    30
    3.50

    Tomas Rosicky

    Arsene Wenger again showed his faith in the Czech in a big game - and he didn't disappoint against his old club. Creative in possession and a goal threat himself as he was only denied by Hummels' goalline clearance.

  • Mikel Arteta
    51
    44
    2.50

    Mikel Arteta

    Dortmund's intense pressing meant the Spaniard was not afforded the time and space he wanted to dictate the game from a deep midfield role.

  • Jack Wilshere
    25
    73
    2.50

    Jack Wilshere

    Recovered from a first-half injury enough to continue until the 58th minute but understandably looked uncomfortable. Had some good moments but continually drifted in from the right to central areas to find the ball.

  • Mesut Özil
    83
    73
    2.50

    Mesut Özil

    Seemed to be crowded out for space in the first-half and made more of an impact with his vision and deft touches after moving out to the right in the second-half.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    26
    110
    1.50

    Aaron Ramsey Flop of the Match

    The Welshman's sensational form this season means he will be forgiven by the fans for his costly mistake for Dortmund's opener when he lost possession in the first-half on the edge of his own box.

  • Olivier Giroud
    96
    38
    3.50

    Olivier Giroud

    The Frenchman led the line with intelligence and physical presence - and he was rewarded as he smashed in the equaliser from close range just before half-time.

Substitutions

  • Santi Cazorla
    114
    26
    3.50

    Santi Cazorla

    The Spaniard made a huge difference to Arsenal's attack after replacing Wilshere in the 66th minute. He added his trademark creative link-up play and so nearly scored himself, clipping the crossbar with a powerful shot from the edge of the box.

  • Nicklas Bendtner
    29
    42

    Nicklas Bendtner

    Replaced Ramsey four minutes from time.

  • Serge Gnabry
    27
    35

    Serge Gnabry

    Came on for Rosicky in the 89th minute.

  • Roman Weidenfeller
    28
    49
    1.50

    Roman Weidenfeller

    The Dortmund goalkeeper made a real mess of his attempt to clear Sagna's cross, allowing Giroud to smash home for Arsenal.

  • Neven Subotic
    41
    36
    2.00

    Neven Subotic

    Poor communication with Weidenfeller spoilt a generally strong performance up against Giroud.

  • Mats Hummels
    77
    25
    3.50

    Mats Hummels

    Booked for cynical first-half challenge on Giroud on the edge of the penalty area, but it was his only major mistake and he more than made up for it with a brilliant goalline clearance. Read the game well and very comfortable in possession.

  • Marcel Schmelzer
    40
    19
    2.50

    Marcel Schmelzer

    An energetic, up and down performance as he tried to expose Sagna defensively. Forced Wilshere inside to narrow the game.

  • Sven Bender
    42
    17
    3.00

    Sven Bender

    The defensive midfielder has attracted Premier League interest and on this evidence he would slot into English football. Strong pressing, clever tactical positioning and quick to get the ball out of his feet and pass.

  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan
    82
    16
    3.00

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan

    The Armenian opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a powerful low shot and always looked dangerous when he picked the ball up in the final third.

  • Marco Reus
    68
    19
    3.00

    Marco Reus

    Buzzed around in the final third was energy and ideas. Brilliant pressing to win the ball in the build-up to his side's opener and always a danger on the counter-attack.

  • Jakub Blaszczykowski
    63
    20
    2.00

    Jakub Blaszczykowski

    The Pole played a key role in Dortmund's high pressing game but seemed a little off the pace in possession before being replaced by Aubameyang in the 66th minute.

  • Nuri Sahin
    133
    36
    4.00

    Nuri Sahin Top of the Match

    Looked like the player Liverpool thought they were signing on loan at the start of last season. Sat in midfield controlling the tempo of the game and starting attacks with precise, progressive passing.

  • Kevin Großkreutz
    51
    22
    3.00

    Kevin Großkreutz

    Played at right-back but never really tested defensively and increasingly bombed forward in the second-half. Final ball was inconsistent before he picked out just the right cross for Lewandowski's winner.

  • Robert Lewandowski
    163
    12
    3.50

    Robert Lewandowski

    The Pole had to wait until the 82nd minute for his first real chance, but he made absolutely no mistake. Had looked sharp in general play before he started and finished the move that won Dortmund the points.

Substitutions

  • Sokratis Papastathopoulos
    32
    13

    Sokratis Papastathopoulos

    Replaced Reus three minutes from time.

  • Jonas Hofmann
    26
    22
    2.50

    Jonas Hofmann

    Replaced Mkhitaryan in the 66th minute. Very comfortable on the ball and helped the visitors see the game out.

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
    36
    30
    2.50

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    His searing pace gave Arsenal something new to think about after coming on in the 66th minute.

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