Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund
Arsenal is not new to champions league or playing against Borussia Dortmund. Arsenal and BvB have been facing each other frequently in recent years. There are certain similarities between both the teams. They are known for developing players and losing established players to their rivals. Wine loving Arsene and beer loving Klopp always has nice things to say about each other. Arsene is a much accomplished senior worldclass manager. Klopp looks like he would surpass wenger’s achievements by the time he reaches Arsene’s age.
Arsenal was not the only team suffering from missing players due to injuries. Borussia had their own fair share of injuries. Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, Gundogan, Nuri Sahin etc.. were not part of the team that faced Arsenal.
Arsenal Vs Borussia Dortmund
Arsenal started the match in typical Arsenal way. There was no urgency in their start. Borussia gave the taste of its own medicine to Arsenal. Arsene’s Team was always known for its Possession football, but yesterday it was not their day. BvB players ran circles around Arsenal team. Arsenal could not string three passes together. BvB pressed, dispossessed, passed and done everything that Arsenal fans expect from their beloved Arsenal team. Looking only at the colours of the shirts any fan would be thinking the yellow team was the real Arsenal team. The real Arsenal team in blue looked totally fake and clueless. Even multiple long balls fell directly to BvB players.
Koscielny had enough. He found the only way to touch the ball
It was really painful to watch Arsenal players being outplayed in every aspect of the game. Koscielny and Szczesny kept our hopes alive. BvB were really threatening to score multiple goals. They had several chances but none found the back of the net. The first Arsenal chance game from a cross from our LB Gibbs to our lone striker welbeck. We could have taken the lead in spite of playing some horrible football. but it did not happen. The game was approaching the half time and scores were at level. The possession stats were unbelievable. Few minutes before the half time Immobile ran through the middle and put the ball into the net from a tight angle. Deserving BvB took the lead for their wonderful football. Only one team had the fire in their belly to win the game. They did everything right to take the lead. Apart from the obvious dive from their number 10, I did not find anything wrong with their game.
There is one thing that any manger does when the opponent outplays and controls the game completely. Substitution and change of tactics is the obvious and known solution, but Arsene does not believe in any of those proven tactics. He does the same thing again and again, So we continued to play the same team. The Hungry opponents punished arsenal within few minutes of second half. Our defense was totally exposed. It was a lovely finish from stumbling Aubameyang. Arsenal could have conceded much more, wooden post saved us from further embarrassment.
Another Positive: Professional looking than the Hoodie.
Is there any positive to take from this game? Bellerin started well and was not humiliated much like the rest of his team mates. Arsenal did not concede goals from Set pieces is the only real positive we can take from this game. There is no shame in losing to a team like Borussia under their inspirational manager Jurgen Klopp. The way we played is really shameful.
Arsene will never change his methods, but there is no denying that his time is running out at Arsenal. Its time for Arsenal to look at managers like Jurgen Klopp who managed to put out a team of talented players in spite of losing several players to injuries & to rivals. Klopp is everything that Wenger is not anymore – tactically aware and motivational. I really want Arsene to retire with a major trophy, but I don’t want to wait for another three seasons for that to happen.
Nobody can do what Arsene has done for Arsenal over the years, but currently many can do better than what he is doing at Arsenal.