The 26-year-old midfielder, who at one time was a target of Arsene Wenger, claimed they were praying on a bit of magic from one of Alexis Sanchez or Danny Welbeck in order to win, or get something out of the game.
‘‘Arsenal were hoping for a moment of brilliance from Alexis Sanchez or Danny Welbeck and didn’t have many runners from midfield. Dortmund’s midfielders seemed to be coming from everywhere three weeks ago,’’ stated Defour.
‘’Three weeks ago, Dortmund outplayed us and we have to accept they were the better team, but I don’t think Arsenal were stronger than we were.’’
Evidently, the goals that went on to win Arsenal the match didn’t come from either Danny Welbeck or Alexis Sanchez, despite the claims of the Belgian international.
Kieran Gibbs found the equaliser in the 89th minute, which was closely followed up by Lukas Podolski’s winner.
The Gunners controlled possession and had more shots on target than Anderlecht, but certainly struggled to make a bigger impact until the last few minutes of the game.
Arsenal should have made more of their early possession, but to say they were reliant on just Welbeck and Sanchez is unfair. Both players did offer a lot of energy and looked to be Arsenal’s most threatening players on the night, but there was still Ramsey, Wilshere and Cazorla on the pitch who can offer a threat.
Arsene Wenger, however, is unlikely to mind too much as the late win put the Gunners five points clear of third and fourth place in group D and on course for qualification to the Champions League knockout stages.