Minutes from the full-time whistle it took a wonder-strike to break the Arsenal defence and while it was a small damper on the night, the grit the gunners showed when on the back-foot has gained deserved praise from both goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and defender Laurent Koscielny.
Szczesny, telling the official Arsenal.com website, said on the spirited performance:
Over 90 minutes I thought we defended really, really well. Even the free-kick they scored from I thought we defended good, but the guy put it in the top corner and he’ll probably never do that again. I thought we were going to see it through, but in the end we were happy with a point.
I said to the guys after the game, ‘listen, we defended fantastic’, and if you’re going to concede that is the way you want to do it. It was a deserved draw for both sides.
Furthermore, Koscielny similarly told the official Arsenal.com website:
We didn’t lose, which was good. We have a game at home, and it is important to win that.
I think we defended very well – all the team defends together.
It’s very important to have Alex [Song] near the centre-backs, because he stops the opportunities coming to the other team. It’s good for us.
Although there were shaky parts at the back for Arsenal in the opening half, in the second half Arsenal showed a unified performance on defence with Alex Song at its forefront. The Cameroon midfielder was at his best, springing up everywhere to save the gunners on numerous occasions and break up the Dortmund attack showing his importance in the team.