Arsenal v Dortmund review – Sanogo strikes AND clean sheet on great night for Gunners!!

Arsenal needed just a point to get out of the group but Arsene Wenger was unable to call on a host of key players, including Szczesny, Wilshere, Ozil, Walcott and Welbeck. So it looked like we were in for a tough night against Borussia Dortmund who have been great in the Champions League.

Yaya Sanogo got the nod to replace Welbeck up front and he got the best possible start, scoring his first senior goal right at the start, with an assist from Santi Cazorla. We have often been impressed with the young Frenchman but he clearly needed that first goal and the self belief it would bring.

After recent results, though, the question was whether we could defend well enough to stay in the lead. But our energy levels and pressing was looking good and Sanogo had a great chance to double his tally in the 10th minute but he hesitated and the chance went begging.

But t5hen we were nearly undone when Dortmund broke from our corner and the pace of Gibbs and a well timed tackle came to the rescue. Alexis had started slowly but he started to work his magic and have more of an influence, almost latching on to a Cazorla pass and forcing the Dortmund players to double and triple up on him in wide areas.

The Germans got their first good chance in the 20th minute with a fizzing ball across the six yard box. They were starting to create more and their heavy pressing was forcing us into mistakes, although we still looked dangerous ourselves and a better cross from the Ox on the left might have led to a second goal.

Arsenal rode the spell from Dortmund and began to dominate again and looked much more likely to score as the half wore on. Ramsey and Cazorla were much better and both full backs were linking well with the attack, especially Gibbs who was playing a blinder in attack and defence. But Martinez had to produce a sharp save before half time, so we could not relax.

It was a bit worrying after the break with Dortmund looking like they had a blast from JUrgen Kloop and The Gunners looking like they had the safety catch on, but we soon got going and after the Ox hit the bar with a great strike, Alexis finally showed his class with a beauty curled past Weidenfeller.

There was still half an hour to go though, and recent results have showed Arsenal to be vulnerable, so while it was all going wel, the players and fans did not dare to take the win for granted. But it seems like we have learned a painful lesson and made sure that the Germans hardly had a sniff, while still creating without leaving ourselves exposed.

Arteta and Sanogo picked up knocks which spoiled the night a bit but they didn’t look serious. And the FRench striker is off the mark while Arsenal got a clean sheet and are into the next round, so a great night for the Gunners.

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148 Comments

  1. KickAssFan says:

    I’m not gonna come here and act like I saw this coming. The lads were fantastic. That Sanchez’ goal!!! Orgasmic!!! Martinez was outstanding– great save towards the end!!!

    As usual, it took Wenger ages to make a single substitution. Ramsey needs to go back to the basics: pass the ball very swiftly; his workrate appears to have dropped.

    We have beaten Borossia DortMUGs, now let’s try top the group.

    Um, just how does Arteta dress and manage his hair so perfectly well?

    1. ab04 says:

      Love the quick passing,direct and fluid display from arsenal..good game from ox, Gibbs and great strike from Sanchez.good game from the whole team..we have to keep this momentum going..!
      Coyg

      1. Taiwo says:

        We played better today simply bcos wilshere didn’t play

      2. KickAssFan says:

        Where da hell is Muff? I’m sure he’s wasted… Meh, victory and beer: a nice blend.

      3. KickAssFan says:

        OMG!!! GOD forbid!!! Instead of Mancini to manage Arsenal, may Wenger manage us forever, even from the grave.

        1. KickAssFan says:

          Admin, what’s up with KJ and his ratings? I’m losing patience. I want it to be the last thing I read before going to bed.

    2. KickAssFan says:

      It was a great game, just need KJ’s ratings now to perfect this good feeling.

      1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

        Here is KJ’s ratings for today:

        Sanogo: 1/10 scored but not as good as Podolski

        Podolski: N/A – wasn’t on the pitch long enough

        1. KickAssFan says:

          Lol! @RVP, KJ is unpredictable. I luv the way he surprises me.

    3. captinweestain says:

      Ive come to the conclusion that Wenger only uses his subs when a player becomes injured.

      We could of spared them 2 injuries to be honest.

      Get them negatives out the way. Good win from the lad’s, OX Gibbs and the red hot chilli pepper caught my eye again.

      Lets just see how serious the injuries are and move on.
      COYG!

      1. almostawinner says:

        YAAAY! We won.
        no more analysis for now.

    4. jermaineBryan says:

      Your a rubbish fan
      flamini does well he isn’t like the other midfielders we have which makes him important he has the fight and the combative nature the rest lacks eg he was the best on the pitch vs chelsea.

      He also has excellent pass accuracy % always hitting 90+

      But I do agree we will miss arteta who is very underrated Man U used their best player to man mark him as they know he is what makes arsenal transitions tick. And this isn’t the first time they’ve done this in recent years

      1. Gunner Mac says:

        Flamini not good enough for Arsenal. Rather have Gedion Zelalem or Daniel Crowley from the youth team than Flamini.

        1. jensenvk says:

          @Gunner MAC Do you even know about different possitions in footbal and what they do?

          Read this:
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_football_positions

    5. goldfish27 says:

      Arsenal 4th if not 3rd good game since dis season begin

  2. Mesut O-grillz says:

    It’s been weeks since we’ve witnessed an Arsenal victory. And boy, does it feel good.

  3. MDOwn says:

    Is it me or was Martinez a really calming influence, he just handled everything really well, took his time and claimed crosses calmly.

    Brilliant performance given the pressure we were under. OX was sensational, such a shame he was denied by the bar but what a shot!!

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      @MDOwn
      Dude looks focused also. He knows that this could be his chance to break into the 1st squad, so he was on point.

      1. MDOwn says:

        Yeah he looked solid and very determined! I hope he gets a good few games this year or he could want to leave.

        Also you can tell how long it’s been since we had a clean sheet as it got misspelled in the title…

  4. Greg says:

    Good win by the gunners! Nice way to bounce with a big victory over dorthmund! Coyg!

  5. ArsenalGenes says:

    Monreal is really gud in keeping possession. .
    btw why always arsenal win whn i dnt watch the match?

    1. Twig says:

      The only mistake Monreal has made at CB was that penalty to Anderlecht. And it’s not as if Koscielny is better than him in that respect anyway. LoL.

      1. Grim Bligh says:

        you people are deluded or blind,to dare compare Koscielni to Montreal.
        Montreal is not a CB,he is a very average LB(weak and slow).Arsenal was facing a very poor side tonight,stop iy about it s Dortmund,they are sisteen in their league,they are a shadow of what they were for any reason that I don t know.Arsenal was suposed to beat them,they did not seem a threat at all even if I admit Arsenal played well.
        The problem of Arsenal is to be in the talk for major trophies and they are not,so unless you are satisfied for nearly good,we must go on pressing for a change.
        Wenger is a real genius,to make Campbell play at the 89 mn,cheer on man,enjoy the leftover of my favourites.
        It s me or I saw Podolski pissed off when he was entering the field.

        1. NY_Gunner says:

          @grim bligh
          No dude, Montreal is a city in Canada…LOL

          1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

            @ NY Gunner

            I scrolled down the post and thought ‘yeah got this one in the bag’. Then I saw your comment!!!!!!

          2. Grim Bligh says:

            @Ny Gun,you have humour if not sense.
            Give my salute to Mr Wenger next time you see him and tell him I am grateful of him for all the good years he gave me as an Arsenal supporter and add that the Mike,Jordan,Tig Woods and Federer of the world get older one day ,their performance and level drop and they have to start thinking about retirement.
            How nice of me to use those names to give him a hint but tell him to let the keys in the mail box when he closes the door to leave and he enjoys his deserved retirement.

            1. KickAssFan says:

              @Grim, careful with @NY, at least he seems in a good mood tonight.

              1. Grim Bligh says:

                We are all brothers of arms here,just with different opinions.
                We all strive for the same goal, some seems to have more sense than others.
                I like to imagine NY Gun and Sumo are close to Wenger in life and are here to check on the mass for him.
                I may be a deluded fool also who knows

    2. Mesut O-grillz says:

      You know what you need to do for the remainder of our season then.

    3. MDOwn says:

      Can you stop watching matches then? Cheers…

  6. Twig says:

    I wanted a 3rd 🙁
    Well done to the lads.
    Now lets put our season back in place!
    COYG.

  7. Matt says:

    These injuries are f*ckin rediculous! I’m sorry, they cannot be a co-incidence, I’ve never seen this happen to other teams where players just get injured in the middle of the game multiple times in one game, it is not a co-incidence, there is more to it, the players must not warm up or train properly, I don’t know what the hell it is but something is not right and has to change. We never have a fully fit squad, we see ALWAYS ravaged by injuries, I hate it, it’s so frustrating, maybe our players are just a bunch of weak, delicate nonces.

    1. JamaicaTopGunner says:

      These injuries can b avoided if stubborn Wenger rotates the squad n make timely substitutions..sanago haven’t played for ages yet he wanted to play him 90mins..jus n example

      1. Amith says:

        spot on….Sanogo/podolski swop should’ve been done long before injury…….I only hope OX doesn’t suffer from a burnout – the guy is in amazing form..also Chambers improving a lot in attacking portion of game…

  8. juhislihis says:

    Happy about the result but looked like Sanogo pulled hamstring… again. Why couldn’t he be subbed before 80th minute? Kind of insulting for Campbell and Podolski.

    Sanchez – magical strike. Ramsey looked a bit better than before this season. Nacho, Cazorla, Gibbs, Chambers and OX were impressive – OX just needs to learn to deliver an end product and he’ll be good.

    And and a shout to Martinez, 2 very good saves.

    1. captinweestain says:

      True mate, Wenger could have prevented these injuries by subbing both, the match was over.

      1. Gunner Mac says:

        Hindsight is 20-20. It’s easy to say after he got injured that you knew he would get injured. On the other hand the manager takes off the goal scorer and Dortmund come back to draw then he shouldn’t have taken off the goal scorer.

        1. Amith says:

          no mate…Sanogo was struggling in later parts of 2nd half to keep up…

  9. orvalentine says:

    Good win, it is a must win against out-of-form BvB
    Glad we win

    1. Brada b says:

      Wish we did that to out of form man u!!!

  10. Greg says:

    Alexis sanchez to me now is “mr arsenal! Coyg!

    1. captinweestain says:

      Give him the armband i say, he screams passion.

      1. NY_Gunner says:

        @captainweestain
        Sanchez would be the “lead by example” Cpt. AFC needs…

        1. DaveJay says:

          If he stays with us long enough he will be captain. So grateful he is a Gunner!

        2. Gunner Mac says:

          Don’t mean to be a killjoy but does he actually speak English yet ? I think not and if not that could be a problem as captain.

          1. Amith says:

            saw him talking to one of our English (not sure Gibbs or Ox) players as we walked onto the field in before the match…. so sure he does…
            Plus he also scoring off the filed…Miss Chili…lol

  11. GOONSTER says:

    THE OX is starting to mature in his play.. Been impressed with him lately. Maturing nicely..

  12. Matt says:

    And I was impressed with Martinez tonight. Looked so more assured than Szszcesny has done. Looks to me like Szszcesny has turned into a bit of a flappy handski.

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Fabianski > Wojwack for the time he was at Arsenal

    2. KickAssFan says:

      Has anyone noticed? The guys that don’t blab in the press too often are the once that do well for us regularly, eg., Gibbs, Sanchez, Koscielny… I hope Martinez keeps us this good performance and stay away from the paparazzi.

  13. davidnz says:

    AKB’s know best.
    Where are the AOB’S now?
    Wenger beats Klopp.
    Extends contract till 2020
    Great response to criticism
    Usmanov blast fires up team.
    Arsenal will win EPL and ECL double.
    Mertz and Monreal best CB pairing in Europe.
    Ramsey back to his best Martinez replaces Szcz
    Cazorla brilliant. Sanchez wins Ballon d’Or
    Campbell plays 4 mins. Poldi superb.
    No need for Jan reinforcements.
    KJ gives every one a 10.

    1. captinweestain says:

      You’re stupid mate, not even funny, is that an attempt on humor ?

    2. henry12 says:

      I know this is probably a very stupid question but who is AKB?

      1. captinweestain says:

        Arsenal knows best

      2. captinweestain says:

        Sorry Arsene’ knows best.

    3. NY_Gunner says:

      @davidnz
      CTFU!!!

      1. davidnz says:

        Lol 🙂

    4. ArseOverTit says:

      I notice a distinct lack of the usual anti-wenger brigade here after this victory.
      Why would anyone question anything after a win against a struggling Borussia Dortmund side.

      Yes there was definite improvement from certain players (Rambo & cazorla) and we got a result.

      This hides nothing..

      Better teams (with greater depth, confidence, a plan, and talent) would and will rip us apart. This has been proved.

      The boys are trying and made a good fist of it tonight against a struggling team but
      Unless we reinforce in a big way we will fail as we have done before.

      Watched Sky 1 tonight pre game running a documentary about the invincibles. What is evident is class: solid back four: powerful and creative midfield: creative and accurate attack..

      Oh how I took these days (players) for granted!

    5. RSH says:

      bahaha! Wenger FINALLY won a match, lets have him for life. What a joke you are. When were struggling for the next few years you’ll realize how stupid you are.

    6. almostawinner says:

      I guess I’m an AOB & I’m here: I dont want to be and AOB and started as a W admirer; but Wenger has broken my heart repeatedly with avoidable mistakes. I am happy we won today and if from now on he magically avoids repeating his past mistakes & we keep winning, then I’ll gladly eat my words. Football is a game of small margins: you can do the right thing one game and lose, and do the wrong thing in another and win. We played well against manu (except for Per’s mistake) and lost and we played better today and won. But that doesnt mean all is right in this game (subs werent made until too late) and I dont think enough will be right in future games because I realistically I dont think W can change sufficiently (sadly).

  14. Arunavameister says:

    Wenger actually outwitted klopp tactically in this match…but nobody will dare mention it!

    1. Mesut O-grillz says:

      Dortmund were playing like they had already secured a place in the KO rounds. But we did look like the better team out there. Felt good.

      1. NY_Gunner says:

        @mesut O-grillz
        After watching Anderlecht run through Galatasary, BVB had better up their game. Those young Belgian’s are out for scalps…

    2. vince says:

      true. good team effort. both teams suffering ridiculous injuries too.

      and klopp isn’t doing better than wenger. guys , just don’t jump to rash conclusions! seriously, we can’t just switch manager in the middle of the season and hope for klopp to come in or something.
      back the team and manager till the end of the season at least.
      gogunners!

      1. Brada b says:

        Ill back the team #FACK the manager

      2. almostawinner says:

        bould for the rest of the season wouldnt be so bad.
        then simeone or klopp.
        wenger out: either now or at end of season.

    3. SoOpa AeoN says:

      @Aruna……..what new tactics? …L()L …. We have been playing with the same formation since the season began….infact the only thing that changed in the match was sanogo upfront (cuz of welbeck’s injury) and perhaps poldi and campbell Subs Late in the game…. Today was just our Lucky day….. Tho i won’t say sanchez’s or sanogo’s goal are borne out of Luck….efforts are to be credited there

      1. Trudeau says:

        Tactics aren’t just about a different starting line-up or formation. I think most folks would have seen a change in the way Arsenal played after getting the lead tonight. In my opinion, it was a pretty massive shift in tactics and well overdue.

        1. SoOpa AeoN says:

          cooL!……… But calm down boys……. That was a struggling dortmund out there too (won’t say we ain’t struggling too)…… We’ll be back to the premier League, then we could once again talk of “Tactics”

      2. jonestown1 says:

        Mate – we were HUGELY different tonight re: shape and discipline. I think you are letting your well documented gripes blind you to something very obvious.

        1. SoOpa AeoN says:

          cooL!……… But calm down boys……. That was a struggling dortmund out there too (won’t say we ain’t struggling too)…… We’ll be back to the premier League, then we could once again talk of “Tactics”

        2. SoOpa AeoN says:

          cooL!……… But calm down boys……. That was a struggling dortmund out there too (won’t say we ain’t struggling too)…… We’ll be back to the premier League fixtures, then we could once again talk of “Tactics”

  15. Greg says:

    Credit to the “ox” good game by him today!

  16. John Legend says:

    That was a different team altogether

  17. Twig says:

    Cazorla MOTM.

    1. captinweestain says:

      Sanchez MOTM, although i loved that piece of skill at the start, when he skinned that player alive.

    2. GOONSTER says:

      That’s the Cazorla we know.. But won’t surprise me if he goes on another rubbish run. He is too hit and miss now days..

      1. almostawinner says:

        wenger is too soft on his players. they are big boys: sometimes you need to use the stick, not the carrot (our results in the prev 3 games were the stick that caz needed). i hope caz plays himself back into form with his determination.

  18. Greg says:

    It feels damn good to see my “gunners” back to winning ways! Coyg!

    1. DaveJay says:

      It’s got me f*kked how anyone could give this comment a thumbs down.

  19. Matt says:

    Anyway, our season starts here, fresh start. Forget not ever beating any big teams and our losses and shit draws this season. We focus on the future now, up the Arse, come on you Gunners.

  20. Mesut O-grillz says:

    Defense finally looked in sync today. Probs to all of them including Arteta and Flamini.

    But there’s still no cohesiveness on offense. A lot of ball hogging, misplaced passes, losing the ball carelessly. All of our players seem to want to take matters into their own hands. We prob should’ve bagged a couple more.

    1. vince says:

      because sanogo upfront. still learning. and it’s still dortmund

  21. Jim A says:

    Sanogo will play because he can play with his back to goal. Having a target man is something they probably practice with. I feel Welbeck is uncomfortable playing like that however. A 4-4-2 is a formation with Welbeck and Giroud up front should be an option to explore. I remember winning the FA cup with both Sanogo and Giroud playing together.

    1. vince says:

      4 4 2 allows PODO and maybe Campbell or Sanchez to play second striker. that way they could get mnore game time. I really don’t want to see them leave

      1. arsenalkid1970 says:

        Sorry my friend the 2 subs are going in jan coz he knows he must buy. But to be honest from the squad I would let 9 go end of but what we need is world class number 2 that will take over in 2 years some1 that will say bollocks to AW

    2. GOONSTER says:

      4-4-2? Are you guys for real? That formation is dinosaur. City have tried it but it’s causing problems..

      We don’t even have a strong midfield to even think about that, we would get eaten alive in the league..

      1. Twig says:

        @GOONSTER

        Cazorla Flamini Arteta OX

        Isn’t solid enough for a 4-4-2?

        1. Int. Gooner says:

          Doesn’t utilise our best players.

  22. KickAssFan says:

    What a pity, Ox was called to bar.

  23. Brada b says:

    Like how all the lads are sounding positive!!! Lets hope we can keep that going & like I said win, loose or draw #FACK AW & it waz very embarrassing to see #polski & # campbell come on wen the game was over so sad but gr8 win lads #sanchez I salute u !!!

    1. almostawinner says:

      fare well pod and campbell.
      wish we could have seen more of you.
      it wouldve solved 2 problems: your rotting and overplaying of the other forwards.

  24. arsenalkid1970 says:

    Great night yes always is winning. Thing is AW will see this as a turning point and it’s far from that. BD were poor tonight and at times I could see that they could have ripped us apart. BFG sorry as much as we like him there is always a point where he DROPED a clanger. He is a bench player that’s all. Jan sales DM 2 defenders and a very sharp utility player and a world class number 2 in place to take over from AW. The team just needs a little luck and a fair few quid spent in January but I have this gut feeling he won’t ???

  25. john0711 says:

    Pros Chambo and SANTI top class, Sanchez is different Garvey
    That was the best we’ve defended all season

    Cons Injurys to Arteta and Sonogo
    Same team barring injurys and subs at last minute no wonder we get so many injurys

    We are 3 players off being a very good side

  26. Matt says:

    According to TalkSport, Wilshere is out for 4 months, how true is this?

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Very

  27. Ks-Gunner says:

    It feels so good to win. Good game.I feel kinda srry for the Bvb, they remind me a lot of Arsenal past struggle, the moment they lost the Cl finale i knew they would face a similar fate to us.

    Ox is playing very good. Having Sanchez around will improve his game a lot. Take notice Wenger, Chamberlain needs to be turned into a Sanchez vol 2 and never into a Cm. Cong to all Arsenal fans around the world.

    What i dissliked was, Cambell and Poldi getting almost no game time.

    1. KickAssFan says:

      Pal, about Podolski and Campbell, I’d luv to see them both play quite often, but not the expense of Sanchez and Chamberlain at the moment.

      1. Grim Bligh says:

        Have you heard the term rotation,equity,fairness,resource management.
        Wenger does not seem to have heard it.

        1. KickAssFan says:

          Oh yeah, ROTATION! Is it the stuff earth does on its tail?

          Meh, “equity, fairness, resource management”, dunno Tot we’re talking football.

          1. Grim Bligh says:

            Equity means having the same right as others(not favouritism).
            Fairness means being just,correct and open.
            Resource management means knowing how to deal properly with what you have in your control,making sure they are all treated fairly so they can feel happy and perform in the maximum capacity physical and mental.

  28. Arsenal Fan says:

    Going to have a moan…sorry…and I will use this game for my argument.
    Wenger has never in his time been one for making subs to rest players. However over the course of his 17yrs the game has changed.
    Today was an example of why his old tactics is part of the injuries concern. Why?

    At 2-0 bring on Flamini and take off Ramsay, give him a deserved rest. Bring on Bellerin take off Ox, bring on Campbell take off Sanago. Why?
    How it plays out, Arteta is carrying an old injury and it was exposed again today, he takes up a sub, therefore Ramsay couldn’t come off. Sanago out with injuries wasn’t ready for 90mins of Champion League Football…yet he keeps him on and eventually got injured.

    We need to reward players when they go out and get you 2-0. It’s part of the motivation each player takes into games. When Players like Bellerin is only on the bench for emergency it sends a negative vibe into the team. If he is an actual option like a replacement for Ox and just offer extra defensive cover in the game then the squad is internally seen as more competitive and isn’t just about emergency subs.

    Good result. Disappointed with how subs are generally used. He can’t get out the cycle with ongoing injuries.

    1. jaweant says:

      You’ll all cry for subs when Alexis gets injured. I’m no AOB, but he doesn’t sub and he keeps playing Chambers on the right. You’d think after the Montero massacre he would bring the quick and capable Bellerin? Also, it was great to see Sanogo hussle, but that guy has go go gadget legs. Not seeing a star striker? It was nice to see Arsenal football again, even if it was a sh@tty Boruusia side

  29. Mesut O-grillz says:

    We did play faster this match and had a lot of counters. We just can’t complete them.

  30. Thando says:

    Specials praise for monreal,martinez and ox they did us proud

    1. Thando says:

      Sorry i mean special

  31. Usmanov says:

    Loool!!!
    I have seen that movie many times myself?
    Pretty predictable, right?

  32. kam says:

    It is a great win for Arsenal and good team display.Fantastic display from Cazorola,Ox, Chambers, Arteta, Gibbs.Alexis’s goal was fantastic but from his game you can see that he is tired and a late substitution really would be nice for him.But Ramsey is still not good.I don’t want to take any credit from the players, but today Dortmund did not want to play, I have seen some of their games this season, even if they are struggling they play better than this.The fact that, they qualified has been showing on their game.But it’s been good for Arsenal.

    What happened to Welbeck?I heard the commentator said something about knee problem.

  33. Greg says:

    All i can say about alexis sanchez’s goal man total “top draw”! Coyg!

  34. SoOpa AeoN says:

    @ Kickassfan ……… ARSENAL SUB:

    podoLski = 79th minute.
    Campbell = 89th minute.

    Still no improvement from wenger on this basis.

    Does anyone notice podoLski’s lil drama minutes b4 he came on?.

    Good Job 2nyt Lads……. Lets see if our performance is justifiable or just a smokescreen from the next few games coming up

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      @soopa aeon
      We’ll see when we come up against Soton…

      1. SoOpa AeoN says:

        WENGER’S STRIKER RANKING:

        Nobody > Giroud > WeLbeck > Sanogo > PodoLski > Campbell > Akpom >>> the Loanees.

        Boy! we may never understand this man called wenger….

    2. KickAssFan says:

      Yeah, noticed and I didn’t find it funny.

      1. KickAssFan says:

        And about the subs, honestly u don’t wait until things go badly wrong before making subs, I could really tell Sanogo was jaded (besides he’s not been very fit lately).

  35. Dennis says:

    Great win for the fans.

  36. nyc says:

    For the first time in many games the goalkeeper was calm composed and level headed. Scezeny always gives a moment or two of madness in almost all games. Martinez looked very good. So we have qualified and I hope we have giroud Walcott welbeck ozil debuchy koscielny and arteta available for the round of 16 which is in Feb so 2 months will be enough for comebacks.

    1. Mesut O-grillz says:

      that would absolutely beautiful.

    2. jaweant says:

      Great game for Martinez, but lucky Borussia didn’t get any of those crosses. I still think we have strong keepers in Szes and Ospina. I think the the back line did well, props to Gibbs, Monreal, and Arteta helping out. Can’t wait for Kos to come back.

  37. Tidan2 says:

    Haven’t heard Gibbs mentioned, he didn’t put a foot wrong the first half. Ox was also very good.

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      @Tidan2
      Exactly. He was everywhere and kept Aubameyang in check.

      1. Mesut O-grillz says:

        The only thing I remember Aubameyang doing is getting subbed off. Good job Gibbs.

    2. captinweestain says:

      You haven’t read my comment then, Gibbo is underrated.
      A solid left back.

  38. nyc says:

    Finally sanogo breaks the duck. Sanchez 13 goals and 3 assists in 20 games. Cazorla assisted both goals today. Defense looked good. Both fullbacks also good. Only negatives were the injuries to arteta and sanogo and also Wenger still doesn’t make substitutions on the correct time. That is also an art in football which Wenger still haven’t learnt properly.

  39. ruelando says:

    Really happy for arsenal, joyous for Sanogo, the brilliance of Sanchez, the wizard Cazorla, Ox look dangerous everytime he made a run and the defense line held themselves together perfectly.

    In the case of the injuries, as many players know when you have just recovered from muscle injuries and you play in very heavy weather they tend to act up or in some case become worst, i am hoping its the former and not the latter.

    Sanogo will not be a major miss, but in the case of Arteta his game has been showing improvement in the position in front of the defenders. well anyway let us keepour fingers cross and see if we can get some wins going

  40. dan says:

    Nothing changes with this result just papers over the cracks still want Wenger out!!

    1. Hafiz Rahman says:

      totally…we didint play welll…Dortmund was off today…..

      If Klopp was managing us, we would have won by 3 or 4 goals…..

      Wenger out!!!!

      1. NY_Gunner says:

        @hafiz rahman
        Why couldn’t he get BVB to win by 3/4 goals then?

  41. Ronny331 says:

    Great result 🙂 the injuries continue though, in the past week Giroud and Kos back, arteta, Jack, Sanogo and Schez out 🙁

  42. BigWilli says:

    great win!
    Wenger out!

    Monreal is so frantic
    Santi was great
    Sa no goal
    Mertesacker looked shaky
    Gibbo for president
    Sanchez … what a beauty
    Ox is starting to impress

    why the fuk does Wenger wait for the 80th minute to bring Poldi (89th to bring Campbell)?!
    Injured Arsenal players fighting for a seat on the treatment tables

  43. captinweestain says:

    Hope sonogo isn’t another Diaby, both the same build.
    Saying that though Vieira was.

  44. Cutietobby says:

    Whether Arsenal win or not…….#WENGER OUT Campaign continues….. I’ll never be blindfolded by some couple of easy(match fixed) wins and later be thrashed heavily by the real contenders…. I want my darling Arsenal to be a contender too…. Let’s assume we’re paired with Real Madrid at Round of 16, is that not the end of UCL for this season?? Let’s be realistic, can the likes of our current players match theirs in any form… We need better players and not injury-prone ones like Sanogo,Wilshere,Arteta,Diaby and the likes

    1. Brada b says:

      @Cutietobby #10thumbsup well said win loose or draw #AW out

  45. Trudeau says:

    No ones mentioned it yet but, even though he had some iffy moments, gotta give props to the BFG for that one touch pass to Carloza before the second goal.

  46. NY_Gunner says:

    Yo Admin. What is a “clean shhet?” Lmfao

  47. GOONSTER says:

    KLOPP for ARSENAL? Be careful what you wish for guys.. He is struggling in a league where Bayern are the only team… He has lost Gotze, Lewandowski and Reus but he should still be up there in such a poor league..

    Wenger lost Cesc, Henry, Song, Nasri, Rvp, Adebayor Clichy, Song, Sagna, Toure, Clicy etc in a short period of time but kept us 4th in a much harder league where you have United, Chelski, City, Liverpool, Spuds, Everton, etc…

    I am not saying Wenger should stay but be careful just jumping on the bandwagon…

    I like KLOPP but lets see how he does this season or next.. If all you AOB’s can’t wait then Martinez has at least got PL experience, but KLOPP is looking dodgy..

  48. Zapperkid says:

    Where are the “WENGER OUT” cry babies? Yall changing opinion from day to day anyway great team performance, the ox has been particulary brilliant these last games ( man utd game included ). Gibbs was also great today, sanchez scored again. Perfect night for the lads, cant wait to be saturday so we can beat WBA 🙂

    Any of you guys watched Arsenal U19 vs Dortmund U19 ( ended 1-0 ), some of the young lads were great ( Zelalem, O’Connor, Iwobi and Maitland-Niles )

    1. medvet says:

      And where were the akb in the last defeat???… great win, but i Am pretty sure that bvb dont feel worry about, and dont ask why….
      Wenger’s time is over….

    2. gmv8 says:

      I think AW had to eat a healthy dose of humble pie, and admit that defending properly in a game matters. The Man Utd debacle still hurts, most Arsenal fans want to see us bury them at the Emirates, as it’s been so long, and their starting lineup strongly resembled the Millenium Bridge (ready to be walked over), so to lose actually felt worse than losing against Swansea.

    3. Brada b says:

      Guess u wasnt reading the comments win loose or draw #AWOUT

  49. prekowski says:

    For once our basket of a goalkeeper wolwak was not in goal and it was a clean sheet.

  50. TJ says:

    Excellent result. Even better was the fluidity of the play. Defensive cohesion. Good decision-making. far more composed throughout. The diff between this game and vs Manure:
    1. the one pass and a bit better composure in the box.
    2. defensive focus throughout the 95mins
    Very unlucky against Manure – we panicked.

    You can only play against the team that is sent out. We’ve flapped against weaker teams. Today – it was a professional performance. The boys should be able to build on that. With added confidence, the boys will play with more focused calm. The belief is there – just watch the speed of the play and passing.

    They can take this belief into the next game. OG12 will be back to lead the line. Nothing shabby about the line up which could take the field this weekend:
    Martinez
    CC BFG Kos Gibbs
    Rambo Flame
    Ox Santi Sanchez
    OG12

    I’d like to see TR7 in ahead of Flame with Rambo instructed to sit back and dictate the play from deep – the “Pirlo” role. Allow TR7 to operate further up-field in between rambo and Santi to support both through the middle – link up with Rambo from defense/assist in the break-up play and link up with Santi going forward to break the defensive lines. He has the experience and engine to handle it. Just an idea.

  51. gmv8 says:

    We played a lot better today, and it wasn’t luck or a last minute flukey win, it was deserved. Let’s not kid ourselves, the difference was the defensive set up, and it may’ve been me but Steve Bould looked a lot more animated today – he’s normally sitting on the bench with a sullen look on his face. I think he has a big part in it, and hopefully that doesn’t change in the future.

  52. Ronny331 says:

    Wtf is going on, im totally shocked how different we were tonight! 🙂 ivan gazidis visits london colney to have a chat with wenger after usmanov comments. Next thing kos appears back in the sqaud and some of our missing players really step up, (cazorla). What’s been said or was the usmanov statement enough for our players? Don’t want to put a downer on tonights great win but I’d really like to know what happened to bring about tonights turnaround. We shouldn’t need motivation to play well, maybe Kos coming back into the squad helped confidence. Guess we’ll never know but more of the same please!

  53. Ronny331 says:

    @tj. Apparently schez will be back for the next game 🙁 after tonight let’s stay with martinez and huddart. Shchez needs a reality check also a little more time to recover.

  54. supertuur says:

    On a Twitter front #RodgersOut trending #WengerOut receding.

  55. henry12 says:

    Ratings:

    Martinez: 8.5- Great performance by him, made some world class saves, and managed to keep a clean sheet.
    Chambers: 7- A solid performance, he was good going forward and managed to keep Kagawa and Mhitkryan out of the game.
    Mertesacker- 7- Decent perfomance by him, he does look to be struggling lately, but I think today was one of his better games.
    Monreal: 7.5- A quite rare good performance by him. I find his pace can really help him to get back, and he was quite composed today, so hats off to him!
    Gibbs- 7.5- We’ve really got something special with this boy, Great going forward, and was also solid on defence
    Arteta- 7- Another good performance by him, his standing tackle has really improved, it’s a shame he had to come off.
    Ramsey: 7- A decent performance by the Welsh man. He seems to be not looking for goal as much as the right pass, which is good.
    Cazorla: 8- Really good in the first half, his assist was great, and he was very good. He didn’t have as good second half, but his first half was world class.
    Chamberlain 8.5 (MOTM)- Great performance by him today. Something really special, I just wish he had gotten that shot in the top right corner, because he deserved it.
    Sanchez: 8- Another great performance by him, his goal was out of this world, something like Messi would do.
    Sanogo: 7.50- His goal was taken very well, and he had a good performance overall. I found int he second half he struggled a little bit to get the ball, but overall good performance.

  56. DaveJay says:

    #KLOPPOUT

  57. apen says:

    I was honestly happy when whilshere got injured..i feel sorry for him but happy for the best interest of the team…no wilshere, win straightaway

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