All the morning news from Arsenal this Thursday.
Of course the main news emanating from The Emirates today involves the reaction to a 1-0 victory against Borussia Dortmund in Germany last night. A solitary second half goal from the on fire Aaron Ramsey proving all they needed for a memorable night in European football for the Gunners.
‘’We had a united, focused performance, especially defensively. I must say Dortmund put us under huge pressing. We had a lot of possession but it was a bit sterile possession in the first half because we could not create chances. It was a question of being focused, intelligent and not to make the first mistake, to wait for the moment where we could create openings in their defence. We did that.’’
Ramsey, the hero once again, also spoke glowingly of the performance:
"It was a great achievement from the lads. It is always a difficult place to come. We realise that from the last time we came here and drew 1-1. We kept our shape really well, we were patient and it was a proper away performance from the lads and we got them on the counter-attack."
And the defeated manager Jurgen Klopp was also praising in his assessment of The Gunners performance. The German believes Arsenal could win the Champions League this season - as long as they avoid Bayern Munich:
Yes (Arsenal can win the Champions League). They are young, healthy and good technicians. They won a clever game tonight and could go to the final and win it - as long as they don't play against Bayern Munich."
But his goalkeeper disagreed. Roman Weidenfeller believes that the loss against Arsenal was an injustice:
"It is a little bit of an injustice. But we had that bit of luck in London and today we were punished.’’
Finally, and looking ahead of the weekend match against Manchester United, the Gunners rivals could be dealt a triple injury boost ahead of the game at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Rafael, Jonny Evans and Michael Carrick are all rumoured to be ready for a return for this weekends game.
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