Arsenal 1 Borussia Dortmund 0: Gunners player ratings

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The north Londoners recorded an invaluable victory at Signal Iduna Park – here is how the visiting players performed.

Arsenal have taken a massive step towards qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League with a hard-fought 1-0 away win over Borussia Dortmund.

An admirable team effort ensured victory, but here are the Arsenal player ratings from the clash at Signal Iduna Park.

Wojciech Szczesny – 7/10

Didn’t put a foot wrong, despite not overly being called into action until the second-half.

The Polish goalkeeper was confident in dealing with crosses, and made a number of relatively comfortable saves in the second 45.

Bacary Sagna – 7/10

The France international managed to keep Marco Reus relatively quiet, and again put in an assured performance.

Failed to contribute much getting forward, but defensively sound.

Per Mertesacker – 8/10

A dominant performance from the German in a return to his homeland, Mertesacker managed to win the fair share of 50-50’s and monitored the threat of Robert Lewandowski well.

Unlucky not to get onto the end of set pieces at the other end and put in a commanding performance in the Arsenal rearguard.

Laurent Koscielny – 7/10

Showed restraint against fleet-footed opposition and made a number of telling clearances when the visitors were under pressure.

Has cemented his place alongside Mertesacker as Arsene Wenger’s first-choice central defensive pairing.

Kieran Gibbs – 5/10

Arsenal looked exposed down their left flank, with Gibbs struggling to contain the industrious Blaszczykowski. The defender was caught high up the pitch on occasions, and needed the introduction of Nacho Monreal to protect him in the second half.

Mikel Arteta – 7/10

The Arsenal captain looked determined to provide the energy and combativeness that Mathieu Flamini usually brings to the team, and was disciplined with his positioning throughout the 90 minutes.

Led by example, and Wenger will be happy with the Spaniard’s shift.

Aaron Ramsey – 9/10

Despite Flamini’s absence, Ramsey still managed to get forward and influence things. Got the all-important goal and could have had a second not long after.

Also stepped into centre-half when Koscielny was off injured and played his part in thwarting the attacking efforts of the Dortmund midfield.

Another fantastic performance from the box-to-box maestro.

Tomas Rosicky – 8/10

The Czech Republic international is proving his worth this term, and put in another strong performance here against his former club.

Worked tireless when Dortmund had the ball, and also offered himself to receive possession incessantly. Got forward when he could, and was an essential part of a great Arsenal team effort.

Mesut Ozil – 7/10

The former Real Madrid man struggled to take command of the game, but showed in glimpses what he was capable of with clever passing.

A good ball into the box for the decisive goal, he also went against his natural instincts and worked back when needed.

Santi Cazorla – 6/10

His influence was largely neutralised by Kevin Grosskreutz’s attacking intent, and the Spaniard was forced to track back on more occasions than he would usually have to.

Showed some deft touches on the ball, but was largely anonymous before being replaced by the more defensive-minded Nacho Monreal in the second half.

Olivier Giroud – 6/10

The Arsenal centre forward put in a shift again for his side and played a key role in the decisive goal. Not afforded a huge amount of sightings of the Dortmund goal, and was left isolated at times.

The France international tired in the second half and lost the ball on a number of occasions. Would have been taken off earlier if there was a viable alternative.


Nacho Monreal – 5/10

Helped Gibbs to counteract Dortmund’s dangerous right-hand side and worked hard after coming on. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang had little impact as a result of Monreal crowding him out of the game.

Thomas Vermaelen – Made a good clearing header in the short time he was on the pitch.

Nicklas Bendtner – Not enough time on the pitch to be fully assessed, but this may well have a message in itself.

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