Dortmund v Arsenal
UEFA Champions League
Kick off: November 5, 2013 7:45 PM BST
Dortmund started the game off pressing extremely well as was expected, it was proving near impossible to get any decent possession in our own half, never mind the final third.
The Germans were creating the better chances, almost splitting us open on the counter several times. Arsenal’s best chances could hardly be called chances at all, with Özil almost being put through on goal twice, the balls to him slightly misplaced though.
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Giroud was finding it very hard to get any time on the ball, not getting enough support and being closed down very quickly. He needed to be more aware when he finally did get the ball in space though, wasting a couple of chances by rushing the pass.
Arteta saw an early yellow card, not ideal for your sole holding midfielder. He was then furious when Reus didn’t get the same treatment for a similar challenge.
Arsenal’s defence was holding up well, neutralising the Dortmund threat, but the German’s certainly looked the more likely to score.
Mkhitaryan missed a golden chance to put his side in front, the ball falling to him just inside the box after Arsenal players over committed themselves in other areas. The Armenian sliced his shot though, putting it well wide when you would have expected him to score.
Overall not a bad half, hopefully Dortmund won’t be able to keep up their pressing game for the ninety minutes, and we will see more of the ball in attacking areas in the second half.
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