Thursday, March 20, 2014
Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Arsenal: player ratings

Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Arsenal: player ratings

Dortmund got diddled to put Arsenal in a strong position in their Champions League group.

Here’s how the players rated.

Wojciech Szczesny: 8/10 – Made two big second half saves, from Reus and Bllakvlclakclakysksllski, which kept the scores level. He’s become very important to the team this season.

Bacary Sagna: 7/10 – Solid, gave it everything as usual.

Per Mertesacker: 8/10 – Some fantastic tackling, great heading and reading of the game, and was in no way lucky not to give away a penalty late on. Lewandowski got exactly what he deserved for his diving all night.

Laurent Koscielny: 8/10 – Magic again. Got absolutely flattened by Weidenfeller and should have had a penalty. After coming back on he made two outstanding clearances inside 10 seconds. Sums him up.

Kieran Gibbs: 7/10 – Didn’t get forward much, and left a bit exposed at times, but did well overall.

Mikel Arteta: 7/10 – Got an early yellow but showed his experience as Lewandowski tried to get him a second yellow. Made some important clearances.

Tomas Rosicky: 8/10 – Ran his floppy-haired hole off again, always looking to press,  made about 156 sliding tackles and was well involved in the Arsenal goal.

Aaron Ramsey: 7/10 – Once more a bit quiet but you just can’t stop this man scoring. Brave header too.

Santi Cazorla: 7/10 – Found little to work with from an attacking point of view but worked hard.

Mesut Ozil: 7/10 – Gave the ball away a lot, sometimes in quite dangerous areas, but also gave us our best outlet at times. Enigmatic.

Olivier Giroud: 7/10 – Put himself about but found it hard to keep hold of the ball. Big, big header for the Arsenal goal, that’s another assist for him for this season.


Nacho Monreal: 6/10 – He’s a very useful substitute, providing good defensive cover in games like these.

Thomas Vermaelen: n/a– Not on long enough

Nicklas Bendtner: n/a – Not on long enough

Bonus rating

Robert Lewandowski: complete twat/10

And yes, I realise some of the marks might be a bit high, but we just beat Dortmund. Enjoy it.

Feel free to debate and discuss in the comments, but please read the comment policy first and don’t get angry with each other, or me, about imaginary points.



  1. Clippety clippety-Klopp
    The Arse ran down the clock,
    And Robert kept falling down,
    Like a bit of a clown,
    Clippety clippety-Klopp!

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  2. Gibbs has a halo over his head

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    • Is he the son of bergkamp?

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    • How cool is that… He deserved a higher rating as well. The work he did was tremendous ..

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      • At the risk of a good down thumbing, if you watch their best chance again (Mkewhateverthefuck), Gibbs got himself caught too high up the pitch and then made pretty much no attempt to get back when we lost the ball. Nearly a costly blip, I thought he did well apart from that.

        However, Gibbo gets an extra point in every game in my book for the tackle he made against West Brom two seasons ago….got us in the Champions League and from there, we are now here….top of the league, top of our group.

        Need to call it out in the interests of fairness, don’t think Gibbo got nearly enough praise for that amazing moment. Kept Spurs below us and all that jazz.

        What a fucking tackle!

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  3. Mertesacker was amazing!

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    • But he’s not as good as Baines!

      “You hear me Hodgson? Baines!”

      Goddamn it you guys please. Shhhhhhh! They’ll break him.

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      • That was meant for the Gibbs comment but oh well!

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      • I’ve learned to reserve my comments about Ozil having an off night until my second viewing of the game. This guy does little things so well and so casually that you sometimes don’t realize just how good he’s been at first look.

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        • Edu's fake passport

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        • I noticed that he tracked back on any Dortmund breakaway. It was as if he decided to personally ensure that we didn’t get caught “naively” as we did in the first match. Not sure if he was following orders from Wenger or it was a personal decision to take responsibility for that but I remember st least twice seeing him in our box harrying Dortmund attackers.

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        • could not agree more – when people say he drifts out of games – no he doesn’t. he’s just doing something different than what you might have expected.

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        • Been thinking about it for a while.

          Maybe its the reputation and price tag, so it was assumed he would come in and dominate everything, so when he doesn’t its clearly a bad game.

          His rep is based on the flashy stuff, like feeding the Madrid show ponies lots of goals, so it seems if he doesn’t get an assist he’s not doing his job.

          The truth is more that some people still criminally underestimate the rest of our midfielders, and the reason he doesn’t stand out is because the guys around him are are that good.

          Equally, our system means he isn’t the only creative outlet, and there are few fixed roles, so is increasingly doing a lot of the other stuff as well.

          Its a bit like when people were asking: ‘what does Arteta do?

          In the end its working. We are winning, and maybe more importantly, he seems to be enjoying himself.

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        • “easily our worst player” yet he still set up the goal.

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  4. I think Per deserves more, he was absolutely outstanding today. MOTM

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    • sorry, but you need to have a bit of a reality check here – we just beat dortmund away, one of the top 4 teams in the world with a fantastic home record.
      we’ve got a barebones squad with so many first team players missing that we’ve not been able to rest and rotate anybody, and off the back of another great win against liverpool we went to one of the strongholds of european football and got an incredible result.
      no, we weren’t able to play a fluent game for the first 2/3 but we hung in there and did a very professional job.

      there was nothing poor about the performance whatsoever

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    • We won the game without Flamini, Walcott, Poldi, Wilshere, AOC and Suarez……err Sorry Suarez can’t play until Jan. Can’t wait for the returns of these lot.

      Bring on the mancs!

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    • It is called tactics, tactics, away tactics. Kapish?

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    • How can any Arsenal supporter come online to have a dig at that performance…. Surely a Spud

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    • its scary just how badly you’ve missed the point.

      Arsenal went with a tactical setup designed primarily not to lose (the win is a bonus, but lose last night and we were screwed).

      The ‘poor performance’ was 2 of the best midfields in Europe (the World?) dueling it out, with neither one getting any real dominance. The home team might have got a slight edge, but they still only were allowed 3 shots on target all game.

      The end of the game is what happens when you play this Arsenal team. Most of the time we can sustain our game longer than the opposition and get more dominant towards the end. There are times we are happy to shut up shop if we are winning, which may be due to injuries or pragmatism.

      What makes me smile is the idea that with a fully fit squad, our 70th minute substitution might not have been to put on Monreal, but Walcott.

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  6. “Arsenal cant beat big teams”

    COYG lets bring our momentum to untied!

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    • I guess we’ll never know how good Arsenal are until we play someone above us in the league :)

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      • I see what you did there XD

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      • @heroldgoon: Big LOL there for that comment, can’t stop laughing. :D

        Some people are so insatiable and ungrateful. This men are working their socks off for our club and getting good results, yet some idiots are not satisfied with that!

        May be until we play a club above us in the league table…dunno?! Just as @Heroldgoon says

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    • Great smash and grab 3 points from the Gunners, Ramsey just can’t stop scoring and our defence just keeps getting better and better. Unbeaten away in 15, now let’s make it 16 in style at Old Trafford with an emphatic win to leave Man U hoping to finish in the top 4 and strengthen our position as League leaders, COYG!!!!

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    • Well its natural to question a team’s title ambitions after only beating Spurs… But now after brushing aside the Pool and dealing with the diving Lewandowski, there is no reason why we can’t take United to the cleaners.

      When we played United back in May under Fergie, they could just about deal with us. Its our best chance in a long while to go take 3 points and really take a strong lead in the title race.

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    • Was that a deliberate use of “Untied” as a reference to the way it’s all unravelling at Manure?

      I do think Sunday’s game may well prove the most difficult of all our recent games. Van Penis et. al will be out to try and get their season back on track…

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  7. If anything, some of the marks aren’t high enough. Mertesacker was at least a 9/10 for me, one of the best defensive displays I’ve seen from him ever. Won every header, made tons of clearances, stuck his gangly leg out a few times, and didn’t put a foot wrong. MOTM for sure.

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  8. Did I miss a goal ;-)

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  9. the numbers aren’t a bit high…
    I thought Dortmund played very well today, and we did very well as a team to contain them, even though it took a while to get our attack clicking.

    I think we actually even had more possession, that is not beans

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  10. Props to the ref, thankfully didnt let lewan-dive-sky antics fool him.

    He confuses me i want to give him a 7/10 but then i remember some of the decisions he made or didnt make and i want to punch him right in the fucking face.

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  11. Rosicky is playing awesome football right now….

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  12. Full Time: Metallica 0-1 Mozart

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  13. Mert and Kos absolutely outstanding.

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  14. Monreal gets a 7 for being on the field on this historic night (and making a couple of tasty interceptions late on)

    Aaron plays well over all and scores the winner….c’mon Blogs, must be an 8

    Big Olivier, on his todd up front, winning loads of ball especially in the 2nd half, massive winning header for the goal… to be an 8 :D

    What a massive shift put in by one and all, Ozil is one of the most stylish footballers on the planet and he chases 60 yards back into his box, to clear a dangerous cross…..that’s an Arsenal player. Celebrates the goal like he has been at the club since 1998….that’s an Arsenal player.

    Ok, now I’m rambling…..

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  15. Let me know the next time a team goes to Bayern and Dormund and leaves with two clean sheets in the same year.. Just doesn’t happen.. Now it’s time to go up to Trafford and take a shit on their lawn.

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  16. We showed some exceptional quality in our defense. Dortmund was dangerous but we fought well. Lewandowski especially looked more dangerous with his diving at some occasions. Overall, I am proud of the boys.

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    • Moyes might take a leaf out of Lewandowski’s book and start with Ashley Young to earn themselves a penalty. Everyone knows United always get a penalty against Arsenal at Old Trafford. Has been happening almost every season since October 2005. Other c*nts like RvP and Rooney (who started this penalty tradition) may adopt trying to con Kosser into recklessly lunging in the box too. I am confident about Arsenal getting a result there, but United are a filthy lot.

      Who’s the referee for the United game? Mike Dean I predict. The c*ntblister! (thanks Blogs for that!).

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      • I was betting 50/50 on Dean (to screw us over) or Webb (do I need to say more?), especially as they are the only refs Riley has (Randomly :) ) ever sent for us at OT

        Instead its Michael Oliver. Interesting…..

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        • Did some research and found out that Michael Oliver was the one who officiated our 1-0 win against the Spuds earlier this season. I remember him getting a lot of good calls right. Hopefully, the one at Old Trafford should be a fair game.

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  17. BFG was a beast today! really impress with his performance.

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  18. oooh boy.. van persie you better bring some daipers to the match this weekend cause its gonna be men shitting united!

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  19. I’d say Mertscielny combined 10/10 unbelievable defensive pairing.

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  20. This match was like your classic poker game; the two managers were like oponents on the final table of the world series of poker, who will blink first? Klopp thought he was in control until we scored the first goal raising the stakes, he thought Wenger was bluffing and reraised the stakes then Wenger went all in and immediately lit his victory cigar.

    On another note, the ref thought he was a Dortmund player since he was wearing black and yellow too

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  21. Alan Hansen’s a twat

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  22. Did anyone else catch the end of the game when Arsene had a quick handshake with Klopp and walked off down the tunnel and Klopp looked after him with a look on his face that sort of said he expected something a little warmer? It was interesting that Klopp stayed on to shake hands with our players as well, but the boss didn’t.

    I know Borussia weren’t angels tonight, but we’re no strangers to the dark arts ourselves so it can’t have morally wounded Arsene or anything. I guess I just expected a bit more open camaraderie between two men who’ve made very similar decisions in somewhat similar (and difficult) circumstances.

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    • I don’t think so mate. Arsene shook hands and Klopp looked away despondently. There’s nothing else Arsene could have done. Arsene then looked round to see if any of the other Dortmund staff wanted to share the love but there weren’t any about so he causally walked off. Nothing sinister at all.

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    This makes me happier than it should and I don’t even care

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  24. I love Mertesacker. You won’t find a calmer center back than him. Had another one of those brilliant toe poke tackles tonight. Makes defending look so easy

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  25. I say it again, loved how Özil put his work in on defense when he realized he was kind of off offensively (weird way to end a sentence). Good to see that kind of heart in a player.

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    • i agree, but i dont think the problem was Özil’s or cazorla’s ability today that made attacking a problem, but rather the closing down of them the second the got the ball by dortmond, even cazorla was tracking back, i personally can not pick a man of the match, i think they all played their hearts out.

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  26. Big per a big 10 simply awesome tonight him and Kos are totally dominating superstar strikers all the time now. Plenty of room in there pockets for van persie and rooney on Sunday.

    What a great picture they look like they are ready for war apart from TR7 who looks like he’s ready to take a dump. Got to love TR7!!

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  27. Orchestra 1 Heavy metal 0

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  28. I was sure I’d see ratings for all players go all the way to 11! :)

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  29. Agree that Ozil gave the ball away a lot, but mostly in the first half. Thought he was excellent down the right in the second half. Also, in tight games I think he helps slow things down towards the end and is finally an Arsenal player who doesn’t mind taking the ball into the corner and running down the last few minutes. Really professional attitude in those situations.

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    • except passing it offside to Ramsey when in the corner, I guess the moment got the better of their judgement

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  30. Mozart outrunning Reus! At 33 years Amazing!!

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    • He can’t be 33, Bergkamp can’t take away the joy of watching my favourite player play for at least another 10 years for Arsenal. For me, he has been the most under-rated Arsenal player for the last couple of seasons. He is absolute class on the football pitch.

      Tonight, he was playing as if he wanted to take the Dortmund fans to the bygone era and make them remember why he was idolized in the Westfalenstadion, the way he out-paced Reus and made him foul his footballing idol was sublime :D

      Hope he signs and stays here till the time he retires. Rosicky is the most loved Arsenal player for the past 6-7 years.

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    • 2013-2014 = 2003-2004

      Little Mozart:

      “Ryan Giggs? Frank Lampard?

      Meh! You ain’t seen nothing yet!”

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  31. Yes they do have a great atmosphere in the ground, but should they really be allowed a little fella with a microphone chanting? Bit of an unfair noise advantage.

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  32. Sorry I didn’t realize someone had posted it earlier.

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  33. HUGE WIN!!!! We look SOLID at the back (three clean sheets on the bounce yes please) and withthe quality and crispness of our passing we will always have a chance no matter who we play. I agree with the comment in the report that we missed Walcott though. It was too congested to play through them, especially given that we quite rightly weren’t overcommitting, but it meant we always ran out of ideas once we were in the final third.

    Enigma is a fair wassessment of Ozil- he may often prove to difficult to rate I fear. In many ways he was our poorest player on the pitch and gave it away too cheaply too often. The quality of the cross was sublime though and that’s what ultimately makes the difference at this level and every game he’ll do things no-one else can do.

    Cut a long story short I’m fucking chuffed he’s a gunner!

    And I’m fucking chuffed I’m a gunner!

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  34. To be honest, I can’t imagine this team without Mikel. Class, world class and I think he really deserved for 8. Anyway, it’s great to watch Tomas in that shape, marvellous!

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  35. Steve Bould 10/10

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  36. Arsenal make history in germany
    BBC 5Live after match talk about german supporters and cost of matches
    Bunch of Wankers!!
    Boycott the bbc

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  37. This is to put my earlier statement of: “Alan Hansen’s a twat” in context (should it need context?) Type the twats name in google along with telegraph and champions league predictions cos I can’t work out how to copy and paste the link on my Alan Hansen of a samsung phone

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  38. First team to get a clean sheet at Dortmund’s home ground in 60 games. HA!

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  39. Our defence was unbelievable tonight!

    Our spirit right he way through the team was unquenchable!

    And with Jack, Theo, Poldi, The Ox, Flamini to return our attacking options will be mesmerising!

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  40. Per MOTM….and great defending overall.We Are Arsenal,We Are Football.

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  41. I Dream a Paradise

    Mental Strength – 10/10
    now show tat muppet Evra that the boys have grown.

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  42. 10 marks to G Neville for defending BFG’s arm & calling out divers as Naymar & Young.

    Guess the English media will have to look for a new angle to obsolve Young of his diving. Maybe do a piece on how his diving has increased when foreign players like RVP & Kaghawa joined. The wankers!

    I’m sure there will be atleast one diving attempt by them in our game & you could be sure that we would have suffered the consequences with the Ref wanting to please Red Nose. Now that he is gone, hopefully all 50-50 decisions don’t go against us.

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  43. Lewandowski is a cunt.

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  44. Am I The only one who had bit of a grin seeing Lewandowski dive constantly. Made me proud of our boys. Shut down a fantastic offensive team to the point in which they felt the only chance they had was diving.

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  45. “our technical superiority will come though on the end, and it did”. – said arsne with the himt of a sly smile.

    absolute legend

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  46. Rosicky’s footballing age seems to be getting younger and younger as he gets older and older.
    The fitness and pace on the guy for a 33 year old is outstanding. Loved that the Dortmund fans gave him the ovation he deserves. What a player. What a gooner.

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  47. Klopp – 10/10
    For managing to fit 10 kilos of amphetamine in one nostril

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  48. For the first time in manh a year I’m positive about a trip to Old Trafford :)

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  49. Arsedtotheteeth: “I just can’t agree with these ratings. Poor performance until after the goal when we subsequently made sh*t of Dortmund for the remainder of the match.”
    I’m sorry my friend but this is not FIFA14. We just went to Germany and beat Champions League finalists, a team that beat Madrid 4-1 at the very stadium we just won in, a team that had scored in all but one of their previous 60 home games, a team that has never been beaten by an English team at home. Until today. Grit, determination, defensive discipline and heart to believe we could snatch a goal at some point whilst 62,000 Dortmund fans screamed on their team was what was required. This was never going to be a game where the Ozil’s or Cazorlas of the World would shine due to the compressed centre if the park and the pressing styles of both sides clashing. Fantastic performance when taking everything into account. We just beat one of the Worlds best teams. Enjoy the moment. And as Gary Neville said: Now we start taking Arsenal seriously.

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  50. 99 problems but being a gooner aint one

    Superb defensive display by all today..We struggled going foward especially in the first half, this is a product of players like ozil, cazorla and rosicky not being their best when asked to do such a defensive job for the team but they did do it and they did it well. Who else saw ozils 90metre sprint and clearance in the second half.

    Merts kos and arteta have been exceptional in the last 2 games.
    Giroud will always get praise from me, has his off nights but never fails to deliver hard graft and his opposites know they have been in a game.


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  51. Santi is practically standing in that pic! Love that guy COYG

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  52. WHAT. A. RESULT! Unbelievable!!! Koscielny is a monster. Not that Mertesacker had a poor game. He was brilliant too but when Koscielny is on the “Boss mode” you cannot break this man. Love him so much.

    It was great to see such emotions from Ozil. He’s been great so far and still growing in every area in this team.

    Aaron Fucking Ramsey… Even when he has his quiter day. Even when he looks like a bit jaded, subdued. Even when his tackling is not as successful as usual. Even when he’s pace a little off… Still scored a massive goal and only Weidenfeller’s luck prevented him from scoring second. Plus when all other players from both teams started to tire, he put it on another energy level and in the end coverd the most distsnce. Love him as much as I can being straight.


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  53. Looking at the top picture I suddenly realised what Mozart is on. It’s called Cazorla.

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  54. All of the lads get a 10 in my book. What a night.

    Oh. And Jan Vertongen is a cunt. Just sayin.


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  55. Thought Per was magnificent today! Man so proud to be a Gooner! Long gone are the days when the state of Arsenal used to just make me sad…

    Per at least deserves a 9 and Kos as well… Kinda feel bad for TV5, how on earth will he break into the squad when these 2 are playing so well? And it’s a World Cup year… Will be interesting to see how this develops…

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  56. Özil is a goooooner

    Munich 2-0, BVB 1-0, Liverpool 2-0, Napoli 2-0, Spurs 1-0.

    28 goals conceded in the last 26 for Kos/Per, Rambo’s gone Super Saiyan, Giroud is dominating the best defenders in Europe, Szczesny’s been consistently immense for the past 6-9 months, the youth players coming through look solid and hungry, we signed Mesut Özil, we’ve got money in the bank and we’re top of the league.

    We’re building something truly special again.

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  57. Per – amazing. Kos brillaint – one of the best cbs in Europe. Ozil – enigmatic is the word; when required he delivers. Ramsey – boss. Giroud – boss. Rosicky – my favourite player.

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  58. Haha, floppy-haired hole

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  59. Great win !!! Cant loosen up now against Marseille … they will be no pushovers as they showed today against Napoli away.

    We HAVE to top our group since if you look at who we could face in the next round – one of:

    Group A: Leverksen/Donetsk (Since we cant be drawn against Manure if they finish 2nd)
    Group B: Galatasary/Copenhagen/Juventus (Juventus not exactly what they used to be)
    Group C: Olmpiakos/Benfica
    Group D: N/A (since we cant be drawn against ManShitty)
    Group E: Schalke/Basel
    Group G: Zenit/Porto
    Group H: Milan

    All winnable games but if we screw this up and finish 2nd: we will end up with one of Barca/PSG/Real Madrid/Atletico/Bayern …..Not saying wouldn;’t be fun but still better to avoid them and go one step further. AW has to keep reminding his team …. we CANT AFFORD to finish second. I would rather we face those teams in QF onwards ..

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    • GunnerDareMACEDONIA

      I don’t understand why everyone here wants dortmund to beat napoli and take the group to the wire, when if napoli get a draw in Germany and we win the home game against Marsialie we qualified for the next round and would need only a draw in Italy to retain the frist spot, no brainier for me wanting dortmund to win vs napoli.

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  60. Maybe some might think the rating are a bit high, but all the attacker’s rating were boosted by their defensive performances rather than their attacking input.

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  61. The way Dortmund was pressing us was frightening!

    But our defense did really well to hold them out! Good job out there! COYG!

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  62. BFG’s tackle during this game reminded me of 1 that he made against toteringham.
    Enjoy guys!!!

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  63. that was a hard fought win…up The Arsenal

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  64. We were a tad lucky with decisions. Ref was quite kind.

    Arteta on another day would have likely seen a red. Several fouls and throws went our way and that Metersecker pull, well I’ve seen them given.

    The fact that Koscielny was hammered in the face by Weidernfellar earlier may have come to play with the ref’s decision.

    Overall a very solid win . We did not play exceptionally well but we played smart and were resolute.

    As Andrew mentions in another piece, this is the sort of stuff you want to see in a team to push for a title.

    Metersecker and Koscielny have been brilliant. Szsc is extremely underrated at the moment. Sagna needs to be given however much money he wants for another 2 seasons.

    Solid Defense. Solid foundation.

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  65. I agree with the comments about topping the group but lets enjoy this stunning result and worry about the rest later

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  66. Fantastic Win! The group is really tight till the End. If we loose to Napoli then… ok, nevermind.

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  67. Never have I seen Cazorla play that bad… But as you say: we won, who gives a fish’s tit?

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  68. Sammy Nelsons Arse

    If Hansen and co were Champions League pundits rather then give us the praise we deserve they would simply show replays of us defending poorly years ago and point to the fact that it was Dortmund and not Bayern Munich ! Oh wait a minute we have beaten Bayern Munich recently. What does this outstanding group of players need to do to be taken seriously ! Who’d a thought Gary Neville would be the on pundit to praise us and take us seriously. I’m sure the guy’s a closet Gooner ! Sorry about the rant but i’m still annoyed at MOTD the other week.

    Keep proving them wrong ARSENAL. I Bet the little boy inside RVP is having nightmares about us turning up at Old Trafford on Sunday the form we are in !

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  69. Would give Cazorla 6 and Ramsey 8. One down and one up. Otherwise great.

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  70. Roz looks like he just took one to the gones.

    Played like a fucking viking though.

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  71. GunnerDareMACEDONIA

    I don’t understand why everyone here wants dortmund to beat napoli and take the group to the wire, when if napoli get a draw in Germany and we win the home game against Marsialie we qualified for the next round and would need only a draw in Italy to retain the frist spot, no brainier for me wanting dortmund to win vs napoli.

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  72. “Robert Lewandowski: complete twat/10″

    Your calculations are impeccable. Most accurate rating on the list.

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  73. Klopp Klopp, fizz fizz, oh what a victory this is!

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