Arsenal’s poor form at the start of the season continued after a 2-0 defeat against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. The result leaves Arsene Wenger’s team with just one win in the last five matches. The poor start to the Champions League campaign is unlikely to worry the gunners since they saw the other group opponents – Galatasaray and Anderlecht – only manage a draw themselves. As a result, they are only one point below the final qualification spots to the knockout stages.
Dortmund, though, could have won the match even more comprehensively had it not been for some poor finishing by the Germans. Recalling this fact, midfielder Sebastian Kehl says that the Premier League outfit will consider themselves lucky to be returning home with a small defeat. Dortmund took the lead just a few minutes before the half-time break through Ciro Immobile. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the advantage for the Germans just after the break, but there were several opportunities for Dortmund especially on the counter-attack.
Arsenal left themselves wide open on several occasions and Jurgen Klopp’s team were only prevented by the bar on some occasions. Kehl says that he is surprised at the dominance that Dortmund had over Arsenal. He is expecting a much tougher game in the return leg at the Emirates.
“Arsenal never really offered much. I was very confident after we got the first goal and I knew we’d be going for it again in the second half. We could easily have won three or four-nil. I’m not really surprised by how dominant we were. We know we can be very good when we put a lot into it and that’s what happened Tuesday night. Arsenal never really got into the game, they never really got going, and in the end we scored and deserved to win based on the way we played,” said Kehl.