Arsenal’s winning streak in this season’s European Champion’s league competition was brought to an end Tuesday evening when the lost 2-1 to Borrusia Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium.
The good news, however, is that they are still sitting on top of the table, on goal difference, having earned six points from their previous two matches in the competition.
The last time the two teams clashed was in the same competition in 2011 when Arsenal won by, well, 2-1. Only difference between then and now is that scorer of both Arsenal’s goals, Robin Van Persie, now plies his trade for Arsenal’s northern rivals, Manchester United.
Dortmund drew first blood when Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored for their first goal in the 16th minute of the match who took advantage of a minor communication breakdown between Ozil and Ramsey.
Being a goal down in front of a home crowd, Arsenal players showed real character and had their efforts rewarded in the 41st minute when Oliver Giroud slotted home the equaliser.
The Londoners went on break with a slightly more optimistic 1-1 draw against their opponents.
The second half started in earnest and Wenger’s boys tried their best to get ahead but their efforts yielded no positive results.
It was Dortmund that broke the deadlock in the 81st minute when they scored their winning goal. Lewandowski put his team ahead when Dortmund players struck on the break driving play right from their end of the pitch right into Arsenal’s net.
With a few minutes left to spare, Arsenal made two substitutions, Bendtner replaced Ramsey and Gnabry was brought in to take Rosicky’s place.
The two pairs of fresh legs were not enough to redeem Arsenal’s position and the match ended 2-1 in Dortmund’s favour.
The two teams meet again, November 6th 2013.