Borussia Dortmund 0 Arsenal 1: Player ratings

Borussia Dortmund 0 Arsenal 1: Player ratings as the Gunners become the first English team to win at Westfalenstadion

By Daniel Prescott
Dortmund
0
Arsenal
1

Borussia Dortmund

Roman Weidenfeller Made an awful lot of mistakes for a goalkeeper under very little pressure for large portions of the game. Decision making when coming off the line was often dubious and almost gave away a penalty. Not the performance he would have wanted in front of Germany manager Joachim Low. 6/10

Kevin Grosskreutz Was largely unchallenged and will be puzzled as to how his side conceded in the game. 6

Sokratis Papastathopoulos The seasoned Greek international filled in for the injured Matt Hummels. Had a decent enough game for the Germans and probably deserved a clean sheet for his performance. 7

Neven Subotic Had his head in his hands with just 16 minutes on the clock as he headed wide of goal from a corner and was left to rue that miss in the end. 7

Marcel Schmelzer Took a blow to the head but it was nothing compared to the blow he suffered in the 62nd minute as Arsenal took the lead. The German was largely untroubled for most of the game so will be disappointed that they didn’t keep a clean sheet. 7

Nuri Sahin Was outshone throughout by Arteta and it’s hard to believe that he once caught the eye of Spanish giants Real Madrid. 5

Sven Bender Was part of a midfield that was overpowered by that of Arsenal’s. 6

Jakub Blaszczykowski Strangely quiet. Had a chance early in the second half but failed to take it and was replaced. 6

Henrikh Mkhitaryan Scored the opener at The Emirates the last time out and missed a big chance to do the same here in the first half. Came out flying in the second half, created copious amounts of space and was arguably the man of the match. 9

Marco Reus Found the back of the net just after the break but the linesman flagged him offside. Had a great chance to even the score minutes after Arsenal had taken the lead but the German failed to make contact from a couple of yards out. 6

Robert Lewandowski Surprisingly quiet. Arsenal’s high line ruled him offside a few times and he offered very little the minute Arsenal took their lead although he did have a late penalty appeal turned down. 6

Substitutes

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Thrown on in the hope that he could inject some pace into the Dortmund side but Arsenal handled him well and had no effect on proceedings. 5

Jonas Hofmann Had no effect on the game and went largely unnoticed as Dortmund struggled to get back into the game. 5

Julian Schieber Made no impact on the game having come on too late to make a real difference. 5

Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny Before Wednesday, Dortmund had scored 59 goals in 60 home games, so the Polish goalkeeper will be pleased with his clean sheet. 8

Bacary Sagna Wenger’s tactics meant that Sagna wasn’t able to attack as much as he usually would. Still proved solid when called upon. 7

Per Mertesacker Celebrated being back in his homeland by shutting out the Dortmund attackers. Was solid throughout and formed a strong bond with Koscielny. 8

Laurent Koscielny Continues to keep Vermaelen out of the Arsenal squad and this game showed why. Great understanding with Mertesacker to keep Dortmund out. 8

Kieran Gibbs Was rarely put under any pressure and stayed strong when he was called upon. Arsenal’s tactics meant that he couldn’t attack the wing as he usually would – but that was expected. 7

Aaron Ramsey Had hardly been in the game with an hour gone, but in the 62nd minute the Welshman bundled the ball over the line to continue his stunning start to the season. 7

Mikel Arteta Continued to deputise for the injured Mathieu Flamini. Copped an early yellow card but didn’t hold back on further challenges and continued to win the battle. 8

Santi Cazorla Wasn’t able to create as many chances as he’d be used to but the Spaniard didn’t put a foot wrong and even found himself tracking back and helping out in the defence. 7

Mesut Ozil The German had a huge part in Arsenal’s goal having crossed the ball for Olivier Giroud’s original flick-on. Found himself defending on more than one occasion as Arsenal weathered the Dortmund storm. 7

Tomas Rosicky Yet another one of those Arsenal midfielders who can defend as well as attack. The Czech Republic international will have been happy with his performance and managed to get one over on his old club. 8

Olivier Giroud Was hardly given a sight of goal all night but the Frenchman’s flick-on in the second-half was enough to give Ramsey the perfect chance to score. 7

Substitutes

Nacho Monreal Didn’t do much after coming on in the 75th minute for Cazorla. 5

Nicklas Bendtner N/A

Thomas Vermaelen N/A

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