Dortmund 2 Arsenal 0: Player ratings as below-par Gunners disappoint

Borussia Dortmund 2 Arsenal 0: Player ratings as a poor Gunners display results in a deserved win for the home side

By Joel Durston
Dortmund
2
Arsenal
0

Borussia Dortmund

Roman Weidenfeller Did well with what little he had to deal with, and closed Podolski down well at the death when one-on-one. 6

Erik Durm Defended competently when necessary and made some in-roads in the Arsenal defence from full-back. 7

Sokratis Papastathopoulos Contained Welbeck for the most part, though in truth he and the rest of the defence did not have a lot to deal with. 7

Neven Subotic Typically classy, composed defence performance from the Serb. He even had the confidence to stroll forward into the Arsenal defence in the second half. 7

Marcel Schmelzer Energetic and strong performance defensively and started off a few moves with his distribution. 7

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (man of the match) Should have done better with an effort from six yards out in the first half, but took his goal very well, rounding Szczesny and doing well to maintain his balance and slot the ball in past the rushing Koscielny. Had another great run and shot, which smacked off the crossbar. 8

Lars Bender Very combative, denying Arsenal the time and space they thrive upon. 7

Sebastian Kehl Not the strongest of Dortmund performers, as perhaps shown by his half-time substitution, but didn’t put a foot wrong. 6

Kevin Großkreutz Like Bender, a physical presence, and linked up play well. 7

Henrikh Mkhitaryan Looked lively, springing up all around the park, but could have been more clinical on occasion, and certainly should have been on 72 minutes when he blazed over unchallenged from ten yards out. 6

Ciro Immobile Very lively, finding channels and running defenders, and got his just rewards when he picked up a ball in his half and ran menacingly at Koscielny, beating him and finishing smartly from an angle. 8

Substitutes

Matthias Ginter Shored things up well for Dortmund. 7

Milos Jojic N/A

Adrian Ramos N/A

Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny Good goalkeeping to deny Aubameyang in the first half and not to blame for the first goal, but slightly at fault for the second goal and nearly caused another when he was far too casual receiving a back pass and was tackled by the onrushing Dortmund player. 5

Hector Bellerin Looked out of depth on his debut, often allowing Dortmund acres of space down the wings and channels. 4

Per Mertesacker Did some OK last-ditch defending but that was usually due to poor defending in the first place (some people said they hardly ever saw Paolo Maldini tackle, which they meant as praise). Should have challenged the header which led to the first goal and gave Aubameyang a free run to score the second. 4

Laurent Koscielny Allowed Dortmund players far too much, particularly with the goal where he let Immobile run a good 60 yards pretty much unchallenged. 4

Kieran Gibbs Had a few typically bright bursts forward, but was not up to the level required defensively to stop a team of Dortmund’s calibre, on several occasions leaving gaping holes in the defence. 5

Mikel Arteta Defensively, was overrun by Dortmund. And even his usual strength, distribution, was often found lacking. 4

Jack Wilshere Not the guiltiest of the Gunners today, as he at least put himself about. But was slightly at fault for the first goal, merely jogging back. Graeme Sounness was probably onto something when he said he’s one of the few players to run faster with the ball than without it. 5

Alexis Sánchez Didn’t get up to the pace of the game, notably losing the ball to Kehl, who ran through on the defence. Needed to be a physical presence, but was miles away from the player he was in the World Cup summer, with the ultra-pressing Chile team. 4

Mesut Özil A performance which recalled Barney Ronay’s bizarre but brilliant description of the German as a “beautifully frail alien prince being ferried around from pitch to pitch by 10 dedicated human helpers yoked into fawning submission by his regal Martian gaze.” 4

Aaron Ramsey Couldn’t get himself into the game. An unusually subdued performance. 5

Danny Welbeck He was a willing runner despite poor service, but he spurned two good chances. One from a low cross to the near post, and the other from the edge of the box, which in fairness to him, he created with a quality turn. 5

Substitutes

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain N/A

Santi Cazorla N/A

Lukas Podolski N/A

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