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November 6, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
Signal-Iduna-Park — Dortmund
Referee:‬ B. Kuipers‎
Attendance:‬ 65829‎
 
 
Aaron Ramsey 62′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Arsenal

Per Mertesacker and goalscorer Aaron Ramsey shone for the Gunners as they claimed a famous victory at Signal Iduna Park to stay top of Group F and close in on the last 16

By Tom Webber

  • Roman Weidenfeller
    36
    158
    2.50

    Roman Weidenfeller

    The BVB keeper failed to inspire confidence when coming off of his line, frequently misjudging the flight of the ball. He was lucky not to get caught out on a number of occasions and could have conceded a penalty in the second half.

  • Neven Subotic
    59
    185
    2.00

    Neven Subotic Flop of the Match

    The centre-back read the play well and positioned himself astutely for most of the game. However, he allowed Ramsey to get away from him and nod in the decisive goal.

  • Sokratis Papastathopoulos
    115
    85
    3.00

    Sokratis Papastathopoulos

    A solid performance in the heart of defence. He showed great strength when one-on-one with a member of the opposition and stuck extremely tight to Giroud throughout the game.

  • Marcel Schmelzer
    48
    121
    2.50

    Marcel Schmelzer

    Did not push on to help provide width down the BVB left, or to offer additional support to Reus, as much as has come to be expected. Defensively, he allowed too many crosses to come in from his flank.

  • Sven Bender
    73
    82
    3.00

    Sven Bender

    Was the engine room of the Dortmund side and did not stop running throughout the game. He was combative, making some decent challenges and even picking his moments to get up and support the forwards.

  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan
    111
    131
    3.00

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan

    Dropped off the forward line to help apply pressure to Ramsey and Arteta when they got on the ball. He missed a great chance to break the deadlock shortly before half-time and only came to life for a short spell in the second half.

  • Marco Reus
    155
    135
    3.50

    Marco Reus

    Did not get enough opportunities to get on the ball and attack the opponents, but he kept on running. He did supply some great deliveries from set plays and had a strong header saved by Szczesny early in the second half.

  • Jakub Blaszczykowski
    196
    64
    3.00

    Jakub Blaszczykowski

    The Polish winger showed great technique on the ball and played a number of extremely intelligent passes. He helped create numerous chances for his team in the first half but tired in the second.

  • Nuri Sahin
    75
    130
    2.50

    Nuri Sahin

    Sprayed a good few passes up from deep but in an extremely congested midfield he was unable to really stamp his mark on the game. He swung some decent crosses into the box but failed to find a yellow shirt often enough.

  • Kevin Großkreutz
    71
    104
    3.50

    Kevin Großkreutz

    Despite being out of position at right-back he timed his challenges well and did not look out of place. He motored up and down the right, supporting Blaszczykowski well and getting into dangerous areas himself.

  • Robert Lewandowski
    200
    109
    3.00

    Robert Lewandowski

    The Poland international started strongly but was unable to find space up against the formidable Arsenal defensive duo. He sent a decent late header over the bar and perhaps deserved a penalty in the closing stages.

Substitutions

  • Jonas Hofmann
    33
    80
    2.50

    Jonas Hofmann

    Brought on for Bender with 15 minutes remaining.

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
    36
    121
    2.00

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Replaced Blaszczykowski in the 74th minute but failed to make an impact even behind Gibbs.

  • Julian Schieber
    22
    112
    2.00

    Julian Schieber

    Came on for Reus in the 86th minute and did not have time to influence proceedings.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    486
    21
    3.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    The keeper did not have an awful lot to do in the first half but he dealt with the majority of crosses into the box efficiently. He made an important save from Reus to keep things level after the break.

  • Bacary Sagna
    381
    43
    2.50

    Bacary Sagna

    Did a good job of limiting the influence of Reus down his flank for most of the game. He showed good judgement when moving forward but his deliveries were a continual let-down.

  • Per Mertesacker
    594
    24
    4.00

    Per Mertesacker

    The towering centre-back impressed on his return to Germany with a powerful performance in defence. He used his strength well and made a number of important blocks and tackles.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    474
    31
    3.00

    Laurent Koscielny

    The Frenchman was extremely committed in defence and barely let a single thing past him throughout the game. He did not dive in and bided his time when defending.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    297
    90
    2.00

    Kieran Gibbs

    Looked to relieve the pressure on the defence by pushing on but left too much space which was exploited by Blaszczykowski on his flank. He was more reserved after the break but failed to stand out defensively.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    552
    27
    3.50

    Tomas Rosicky

    Started brightly, moving well and looking eager to get on the ball. He chipped in defensively and was explosive on the counter-attack, drawing a number of fouls to help break apart the play.

  • Mikel Arteta
    364
    80
    2.50

    Mikel Arteta

    The Spaniard was calm in possession but did not offer much drive from midfield. He fought well when without the ball, though, and played a simple game in order to keep his side in the running. Booked early on.

  • Mesut Özil
    663
    51
    3.50

    Mesut Özil

    Struggled to influence the game as Arsenal lacked width throughout the game. He dropped deep to get possession as the game grew and it worked for him as his cross was pivotal to the Arsenal goal.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    738
    47
    4.00

    Aaron Ramsey Top of the Match

    Showed great feet in possession, looking very calm and keen to probe from deep. He did his best to get up and support the forwards and scored another valuable goal with a second-half header.

  • Santi Cazorla
    332
    93
    2.00

    Santi Cazorla

    The Spaniard did not see an awful lot of the ball and struggled to supply his team-mates with much service throughout the game. He was forced to defend more than he would have liked but could have offered more width.

  • Olivier Giroud
    460
    66
    3.50

    Olivier Giroud

    Did not get much to feed off throughout the game but remained persistent for the full 90 minutes. He supplied an assist for Ramsey with his cushioned header and almost set the Welshman up for a second shortly after.

Substitutions

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    300
    26
    2.00

    Thomas Vermaelen

    Replaced Rosicky in stoppage time.

  • Monreal
    296
    26
    2.50

    Monreal

    Came on for Cazorla with 15 minutes remaining.

  • Nicklas Bendtner
    218
    118
    2.00

    Nicklas Bendtner

    Brought on for Giroud in the closing stages.

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