A sluggish start, error-prone, switching-off… but Arsenal still deserved the draw, says Aaron.
After a swashbuckling style of football high on aesthetic beauty, skill-level and confidence that lasted for a run of 12 games, the 13th proved to be an unlucky number for Arsenal as the club were brought back down to Earth following a 2-1 defeat to a Borussia Dortmund team who were more organised, more efficient and capitalised on the mistakes that Arsene Wenger's side made.
Box-to-box midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been in such exquisite form in the Premier League with an 87% pass completion rate, 85% success rate with his tackling, a prolific interceptor and clearer of the football when in defensive zones and a composed finisher and creater with 11 chances, three assists and five goals scored.
However, pundits have claimed that the Welshman has perhaps become complacent, or over-confident, particularly when he took too many touches just outside his goalkeeper's area, lost possession which thus allowed Borussia to thump an effort into goal, opening the visitor's account for the night at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday evening.
'I was disappointed as well with the way they scored their first goal,' said Ramsey, as quoted by Arsenal Player on the club's official website. 'I got caught on the ball and that was disappointing. We were a bit slow to start but I thought after about 25 minutes we got into the game, we got our goal and then we took that into the second half.'
Arsenal equalised by virtue of an Olivier Giroud volley from six yards after a problematic cross sent in by Bacary Sagna. The Gunners restricted Dortmund to just one shot on goal in the second half, yet that is all Robert Lewandowski required to restore the German side's lead. Ramsey, believes their winner and collection of three points was unjust, as the side's should have shared the spoils.
'A draw would have been a fair result after the way we played in the second half,' he said, before citing a mental lapse as the foundation for their second concession. 'I felt like we were in control of the game but then we switched off for 30 seconds, we were in their box and 30 seconds later the ball is in the back of our net.
'We were in control of the game, we didn't look like we were going to concede, but then we did. That's what happens [when you switch off].'
He concluded: 'We showed good character getting back into game… and we created a few chances in the second half and hit the bar. On another night we may have taken the lead but we have to learn from the way we defended for the second goal.'
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