From an Arsenal fan’s perspective, yesterday was an all to familiar story. A few good performances in the Premier League, even though we have lacked the killer touch in the final third all to often, had made most people optimistic about getting a positive result in Germany. Especially after the fighting display against Manchester City over the weekend, one could have hoped for at least a point.
But Arsenal were ripped apart by a Dortmund side that were simply irresistible. Jurgen Klopp has the ability to create something from nothing, and he showed that again yesterday; with several of his key men out due to injury, he still not only managed to contain Arsenal, but keep them on the back foot for the vast majority of the game.
Arsenal were simply not good enough anywhere on the pitch. The back line was shaky and the Dortmund forwards were getting through almost at will. Immobile and Aubemayang in particular left their markers for dead on a regular basis. The midfield regularly lost the battle for the ball, and with the exception of Wilshere, not one man stood out. Arteta in particular was singled out for criticism post game, and even Ramsey failed to impress.
In the front, our much hyped pacy front line were unable to penetrate a distinctly second string Dortmund defence. Sanchez tried his best; but Ozil was ineffective out wide yet again and Welbeck spurned quite a few goal opportunities. Our players need to learn clinical finishing, as displayed by their counterparts yesterday.
Here are a few reactions from Twitter, where unhappy fans vented their frustrations. Welbeck and Arteta were targeted the most:
Danny Welbeck has now hit 6 of his 8 shots off target (75%) for Arsenal in his first two games for the club. pic.twitter.com/ib3GXWvzh8
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— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 16, 2014
A happy Manchester United fan:
And that's why we sold Welbeck. Awful finishing there.
— Rob B. (@_Rob_B) September 16, 2014
Arteta's gone. And he's our new Club captain. WHY? #afc
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 16, 2014
Arteta looks like a fan that's won a competition to play for @Arsenal.
— Mike Sanz (@mikesanz19) September 16, 2014
Arteta and Mertesacker tracking back for Dortmund's second goal… pic.twitter.com/8OjMMsVKvx
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) September 16, 2014
Every credit. Welbeck can miss from anywhere. #bvbvafc
— Stephen Montague (@realmonty64) September 16, 2014
Journalists were left baffled at some of Wenger’s moves during the game:
Good luck to the colleagues who will have to try and explain Arsenal's 'formation' tonight.
— Philippe Auclair (@PhilippeAuclair) September 16, 2014
Aaron Ramsey was the only player who took to Twitter after the game, and he was quick to apologize to the fans:
That wasn't good enough tonight, sorry to all the fans and thank you for your support
— Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) September 16, 2014
All in all, a performance both players and fans would soon like to forget.