Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Arsenal Post Match + Player Ratings

Arsenal put in a below standard un-arsenal like performance in holding out for a 1-1 at Borussia Dortmund in a Group F match as the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League got under way. The game looked a done deal after RVP had given us a first half lead after collecting a pass from Walcott only for Perisic to level things with a superb volley just at the death.

Olympique Marseille lead the group after a lone goal from Argentine midfielder Lucho Gonzalez earned the French side the win at Greece’s Olympiacos.

At Germany, the reigning Bundesliga champions began the match on a high tempo and were only denied the lead early on by Alex Song when Lewandowsky rounded keeper Wojciech Szczesny only to see his effort cleared off the line by Song. This was after Gervinho had fluffed his lines terribly in front of goal.

Mario Götze then saw a shot go just wide of goal while Kagawa was generally wasteful in front of goal along with being caught offside on occasions as Dortmund continued to press Arsenal with the backing of a vociferous crowd at the Signal Iduna.

That crowd was however silenced three minutes from half time when captain Robin van Persie won the ball off Sebastien Kehl, got through on goal off a one-two with Theo Walcott and found the net with a right foot shot. It was the least Arsenal deserved going into the break.

The Gunners came close to extending that lead early in the second half with Ivorian forward Gervinho going past two Dortmund players only to be thwarted by the home side’s keeper. The ascendy returned to Dortmund afterwards with Arsenal settling to keeping hold of the lead and soaking whatever their hosts had in store. Walcott was taken off for Emmanuel Frimpong too as proof of Arsenal’s intent to hold out for the lone goal win.

With two minutes left however, Ivan Perisic was first to Kieran Gibbs’ clearance and equalised for Dortmund with a volley that Szczesny had no chance of keeping out. That goal encouraged Dortmund to go for the win outright and it almost came in stoppage time when Neven Subotic found himself unmarked four yards out, but the Serbian defender saw his poked effort saved by Szczesny.

In all, some long lost character is starting to rear up in the Arsenal defense with Koscielny and Mertesacker impressing while Yossi Benayoun gave a good account of himself on his full debut, doing well to set up a chance for van Persie in the first half. Bacary Sagna also impressed as did Szczeny. All that’s left is for the midfield and attack to attain a good understanding and not have the defense enduring such pressure as it had to withstand on the night.

Away from matters on the pitch, 20 year old midfielder Henri Lansbury has signed a contract extension with the club to cap a good year for him. This comes right after scoring over the weekend in a 4-3 win for West Ham United where he is on a season long loan.



Sagna 6.5

Mertesacker 7




Song6(first half), 8(2nd half




Van Persie7




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Posted on September 14, 2011, in Match Ratings, Post-match thoughts and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Gervinho 4. useless. no awareness, no sense…

    • How can u say he was useless? he had a good game and also set up chances. No awareness? No sense? i wonder if u could have done better than he did. Support the team and give them credit for the performance. They are a team trying to gel and can only get better.

  2. I would rate Benayoun 4.5, he didn’t do well. Couldn’t mark well or even complete simple passes, I was left wondering if there was no coach on the bench to haul him out.

  3. Benayoun should not have lasted the entire 90. He seemed lost on the pitch. He should have started on the wings.

  4. Sorry but koscielny an 8?! Are you serious? He was atrocious I’n the first half. Made some good interceptions I’n the second, but nothing that should merit him an 8 I’n my opinion.

    • thats a bit harsh dnt u think, he was solid throughout the whole game, one of his best for arsenal

      • Not for me fellas. Maybe his second half performance, but he put our defence under so much pressure with his poor touches and plainly giving the ball away. We were lucky not to have conceded I’n the first 15 mins, let alone the first half. He’s pulled off a better score than schezzer, even though he saved our bacon again on atleast two counts.

    • He was MOTM along with Song IMO. he had a great all round game. dont know if u watched the same match we did.

  5. All dey need now is for dem to gel well nd we can start to see a free flowing attacking team.

  6. “This was after Gervinho had fluffed his lines terribly in front of goal”. This analysis is so wrong. how did he fluff his lines??? He was denied by a great last gasp tackle for what would have been a sure goal.
    Walcott, 6.5??? There was nothing Walcott did in the game last night except a through ball to VP for the goal. The guy was useless. IMO he gets a 4

  7. Great defensive display by Arsenal last night,but the midfield and attack did’nt click.We should attack more and stop over stretching our defenders.Why was Arshaavin not featured in last match and Benayoun should’nt be lasting ninety minutes.
    Overall, it was a great game played with high tempo throughout that kept everyone at the edge of their seats.Kudos to Mertasacker,Kosienlny,Sagna,Song and the keeper,they were simply great.
    Arsenal can only gets better.

  8. Infact,kudos 2 our entire defence line coupled wiv song,u cant realy blame d midfield much cuz 3 out of 5 r new comers,so deh wil soon knw 1 anoda I dont knw young n asha didnt com in d 2nd half.overall those guyz did well n dont 4 get dat dortmund z a veri good n composed team.

  9. Arsene Wenger has failed so far. We don’t have a player with those defence splitting passes. Arsenal needs more games to integrate. If I knew that the arsenal board don’t care how the fans feel, I wouldn’t have fallen in love with this club. I’m a sad fan. I hope we get back to our best again. L8r y’all

  10. @Nate u are very stupid pal did u even watch yesterday’s game? we were lucky to have someone like Koscienly,he was our best player and our best defender in our Arsenal team.The guy is even a better passer than most of our midfielders.What planet are u living on? it’s Walcott,Gervinho n Bennayoun who doesn’t deserve what they got not Koscienly.He even deserved 9.5 not 8.

  11. it waz a gud performance wen u consider who played but wenger shd try 4-4-2.walcot was d worst playa last nite.arteta where u free kicks?

  12. Walcott and gervinho are rated much too high!
    Gervinho first shoud learn when to pass the ball and when to go alone. His performance was horrible. How many times did he just run into the opponents? Wow he made some good tricks and let one or two defenders behind him, but whats the profit of that when he looses the ball again because he just doesnt want to pass the ball… No he prefers to show his tricks and looses the ball again and again… Very frustrating – 3.5
    And theo? He should change the sport and compete with usain bolt because running is the only thing this guy is able to! Good ball for RVP though, so a 4.5 would be fair IMO.

  13. Solid defensive display by gunners.i am impressed,the way they defended, it was terrific. Gibbs still need to improve defensively. wallcot was woeful,maybe AS should use wallcot as a striker.i hope it will work.he is an asset for mom goes to KOSCIALNY and he is a consistant performer.RVP is firing. no one can stop him,15 goals from 16 away fixtures,he is lethal.SZCZESNY is our next SEAMAN.we are fighting for the crown not for the fourth place.plz bring back our glory days.”IN ARSENE WE TRUST”

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