Arsenal will be the appointment of the 8th finals next spring. Two weeks after already harvested a great opportunity to be included (3-3 against Anderlecht after leading 3-0), the London club regained its serious to have a pale Dortmund team (2-0) Wednesday. In addition to punching his place for the top 16 European, he still hopes to double his opponent in the evening and steal him first place on the wire, as both teams are no longer separated by two points in a day of the end of the group stage.
To think of it, part of the fate of the match was residing in one question: what would Dortmund stand on the lawn of the Emirates? He floundering in 16th place in the Bundesliga almost halfway? Or the other, which had to kick off 4 wins in 4 games in C1, a qualification already assured and 2nd best attack in the competition? Due respect to the suspense fans, the answer came after less than 120 seconds. Time for Yaya Sanogo, aligned in the absence of Giroud and Welbeck, put his on track. The lanky French striker hopes took a good service for Cazorla closely mark his first goal in England (1-0, 2nd).
And openness of early score has facilitated the task of the Gunners. Despite eleven well cut (Giroud, Özil, Szczesny, Welbeck, Walcott, Diaby …), they have delivered a successful performance in terms of the game for more than an hour. In part to the high speed and without dead time, they relied on their repetition of short passes to deprive the visitors of balloons. They have actually had only a quarter of an hour of hope and reaction, during which Martinez shined to defeat a raid of Mkhitaryan (40th). London porter, which replaced Szczesny and Ospina was pretty quiet afterwards, who was part of a rearguard more than experimental (Chambers-Mertesacker-Monreal-Gibbs).
The jewel of Alexis Sanchez
It must be said that the German team was at odds with his philosophy of play, she has a habit of projecting quickly and number to the recovery of the ball. On Wednesday, she appeared constantly cut in two, leaving the three front (Still, Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan) the exclusivity of their offensive initiatives. His timid start was showered with a gem of Alexis Sanchez in the hour, a curling shot from 20 meters quite stunning for Weidenfeller (2-0, 59th). A subsequent goal to fly a full bar of Oxlade-Chamberlain (54th), which had as a warning. Without spring, Borussia leaves Arsenal back on his heels. Perhaps a single episode, given its current form.