Glasgow Seahawk wrote:Happy to see Celtic get their first win of the campaign. Up ye De Boer.
Good matchup for Celtic, and a good result. unfortunate red card for them...
Well Gate, i'd love to hear your summary.
Dortmund were labored, not their best effort, and still won at the Emirates. For all that Arsenal pressed on them in the last 25 they still didnt break and found the winner. I thought Dortmund the better side (barely) in the first and masterfully controlled the first 15 of the 2nd. all credit to them on the goals though. Despite Ramsey's mess, BvB ran their counters with pace, precision and some wonderful creativity. Watching 3 BvB players pull the Arsenal defenders away from the far post with their runs to open up the space for Lewandowski was beautiful. the transition overlap that set up the pass was fantastically "German"...
Arsenal created more chances, but found that Dortmund isnt WBA, Norwich or Sunderland. They seemed wasteful with opportunities around the area (far too cute and arrogant at times). A more disciplined approach and they probably nic a draw.
Carzola was a difference maker. Scary combination with him and Ozil. However, Ramsey had a howler of a match, and Ozil was pretty much a non factor. Giroud is a fantastic striker talent.
Once again the Arsenal back line looks shaky. As a whole, the Gunners struggled with the physical play of BvB, were a bit too wasteful with the ball and lost themselves defensively. Mid way through the 2nd many Arsenal fans I was watching the game with were railing on about "how they can play with Europe's best" then quickly showed the gap in class between CL final four and, well, the rest of us.
Gate your honest thoughts? You have to be disappointed. Another loss against a top side. Arsenal (and Liverpool) have risen to the top of the PL on the backs of the bottom sides. Both clubs are walking into the deep tests in their schedule. should be interesting.
I like Arsenal's side... but questions need to be asked (and this goes back to Wengers insistance on Ozil) about a side that brings Gbarby and Bendtner (yep) as late subs to try and impact a match against a side like BvB. I understand Walcott and Podolski are out, but only Walcott would have had the class to possibly make a difference.