The Gunners defence marked Dortmund's attack so tight that Reus, Lewandowski and co would have gone home feeling lonely.
Arsenal parked the proverbial bus in front of goal for a large portion of their Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund, breaking down the infamous Westfalenstadion Yellow Wall and stealing a victory courtesy of an Aaron Ramsey header on the hour mark on Wednesday, November 6.
However, it was not Ramsey's heroics that dominated timelines on Twitter. Neither was it the assist that came via patient target-man Olivier Giroud. No… the players most praised for their performance at Signal Iduna Park were the two previously identified as the Gunners' danger men by BVB manager Jurgen Klopp: Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
Ahead of the game, Klopp claimed Lewandowski would have to be patient as the famed forward would have to 'impose his game'. Instead, the reverse was true as the Mertielny/Kosacker axis at the back stamped out a plethora of through balls, were at their intercepting and blocking best and made key challenges where necessary.
Ramsey's goal was struck against the run of play and, incidentally, was Arsenal's first shot on goal, however, it swung the momentum in their favour as they piled on the pressure.
Arsene Wenger's Gunners now top Group F of the Champions League with a haul of nine points from a possible 12 to date. They edge second-placed Napoli by a goal differential of plus two, while Dortmund are now third, with six points.
1 - Aaron Ramsey has scored with Arsenal's first shot of the game (in the 62nd minute). Hustlers.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 6, 2013
I love the way Mertesacker tackles. Those long legs do the job— BBS (@seunf91) November 6, 2013
Mertesacker and Koscielny have improved so much.. Never thought id say it but Vermalen might aswell do one— Jack Palmer (@JackJackpalmer) November 6, 2013
It's worrying to see Arsenal defenders touching the ball more than the likes of Giroud and Ozil. #BORvAFC— ASHRAF™ (@ashraftz) November 6, 2013
It seems like Dortmund have 20 players on the field, they're everywhere. #Arsenal— Ricky Palomo (@RPArsenal) November 6, 2013
The BFG just pickpocketed Marco Reus with such grace that the poor bloke didn't even realise he'd lost the ball.— Iain Macintosh (@iainmacintosh) November 6, 2013
Mertesacker and interceptions— Jack Sawyer (@Sawyer_Arsenal) November 6, 2013