Despite Arsenal going for an attacking and adventurous line up, we knew that Borussia Dortmund were going to come at us like a train and give us no time on the ball. So the early and correct call from the ref to book Mikhitaryan for diving rather than give a penalty was a massive relief.
But Dortmund kept the pressure on and we were struggling to get out of our half and they were getting chances and corners. You ned a cool head to cope with their tactics but there were not many on show for Arsenal. Another way is to make them worried about conceding and we did finally start to do that after about 20 minutes.
Our passing game was far from slick, though, and needed to improve if we were to get anything from the game. The Germans missed a couple of great chances and Gibbs nearly got Welbeck in but it looked like a matter of time before we went behind as we kept losing the ball in key areas.
Just before halftime there were signs of improvement and Welbeck got a decent chance after good work by him and Ramsey but disaster struck when we somehow managed to concede after having a throw in near their corner flag and just needing to run the clock down.
After the defence went missing again soon after the break and Dortmund doubled their lead, the game was over and the only real positive is that their finishing had been poor, or else we could have had a serious hiding. As it is, the Gunners have still not got going this season and it looks like we are not going to win our Champions League group yet again.