Wenger: Dortmund win sweeter than victory over Bayern

Arsenal v Dortmund

There was more on the line, raising the quality of the triumph, claims Arsenal boss.

'There was more stake [on Wednesday evening],' said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to the club's official website after his Gunners left Borussia Dortmund with a 1-0 smash-and-grab victory thanks to a headed Aaron Ramsey goal, assisted by well-positioned target man Olivier Giroud.

Arsenal defeated Bayern Munich by two goals to nil at the Allianz Arena in March, 2013, with a quarterfinal place up for grabs for the aggregate winner but were knocked out because of the away goal ruling as the German's 3-1 convincer in London saw them through.

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A place in the final eight would have been lucrative - and status-raising - but Wenger believes there was more at stake in the group match with Dortmund last night, Wednesday.

'People think that maybe [Bayern] Munich took it a bit easy, which I did not think at the time, but it was true they had beaten us 3-1 at home and maybe in their head had already qualified,' said Wenger, who now has the accolade of having beaten both of last season's Champions League finalists in their own ground in the current calendar year.

'Tonight both teams had to win and I must say we had to win even more because we lost at home and knew we had to go to Dortmund and Naples. So we needed a win tonight - even a draw was not good enough.'

Arsenal are atop Group F of the Champions League with nine points, a two goal differential separating themselves from Napoli, who are also on nine. Dortmund lie in third spot on six points while Marseille are at the foot of the group and have yet to even earn a draw.

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