Wenger asks men not to lose focus as Arsenal defeat Dortmund 1-0
Arsene Wenger humbly lowered expectations from Arsenal after defeating last year’s Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund at their home. The Arsenal manager dampened hopes of Arsenal winning the Champions League suggesting it was still a long ride to the tournament’s final.
A second half header from Arsenal’s man of the season Aaron Ramsey allowed the Gunners to march on with a rare lead at the Signal-Iduna-Park Stadium. Wenger believes that growing maturity and improved mentality are cornerstones in Arsenal’s success this season.
“It was a very mature performance,” Wenger told Sky Sports after the game ended. “We were under consistent pressure from the first to the last minute and we didn't make mistakes. It was a very tight game, very difficult, but we had that kind of united compact block that didn't give them any chances.
“I was concerned that there was a long time to go when we scored, but we created chances and could have scored the second. They tired a little as well and we knew that it was a case of keeping the team focus and let out our technical superiority come through at some point in the game. It happened and it was Ramsey who scored.
“A year ago I thought it would be difficult for Ramsey to score, but he is a young player with confidence and he has improved tremendously, which is a huge credit to him. This [win] gives us a big lift because not many teams have won here. We are on a good run in the Premier League, but with every game you need to turn up with a top level performance and that’s what we want to do on Sunday.”
Arsenal played superbly in both halves and often made the hosts feel pressure at their own home. Ramsey, man of the hour, was at the heart of Arsenal’s success once again. The 22-year-old Welsh midfielder was keen on sharing the praise directed towards him with his teammates.
“I’m enjoying myself at the moment and everything seems to be going in,” Ramsey said. “I'm delighted with the way I'm playing, but this was a great achievement from the lads.
“This is always a difficult place to come, but our fans were magnificent for us tonight. They stuck behind us and we managed to get the win. We were patient and it was a great away performance. We defended ever so well and we got them on the counter attack. It was a great team effort.
“They [Dortmund] are no mugs. They got to the final last year and were very unlucky. They are a very strong team. We had to do our defensive work well tonight and we are over the moon with that.”
Arsenal grabbed very important three points from this season’s group of death, which includes Arsenal, Napoli, Borussia Dortmund and Marseille. Arsenal and Napoli possess nine points each, although the English side is leading the group because of a better goal difference. Dortmund are three points behind the two teams at third place. Marseille is fourth.