Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund player ratings


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Man-for-man marking from Arsenal's 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Wojciech Szczesny

Little serious work to do as visitors restricted to shots from outside box. 6/10

Laurent Koscielny

Enjoying a fine second season in England and, despite being played out of position, was impressively authoritative. 7

Per Mertesacker

Has struggled to impress since move from Werder Bremen, and again susceptible to quick passing from his compatriots. 5

Thomas Vermaelen

Arsenal look stronger with the Belgian, and his strength was displayed when a tackle on him forced Bender off injured. 6

Andre Santos

Got forward to set up Van Persie for early opportunity but once again found wanting when facing his own goal. 6

Alexandre Song

Has been at heart of Arsenal's renaissance and snapped back to help out defence, as well as displaying sublime footwork to carve out Van Persie opener. 8

Mikel Arteta

Strode forward with poise and purposebut not always afforded time and space against a well-drilled Dortmund side. 6

Aaron Ramsey

Welsh international failed to make marked impact in a game that was more one for tough tackling than one-touch passing. 6

Theo Walcott

Full of pace and imagination throughout. Always alert, and provided constant stream of crosses. Flashed shot wide after break. 7

Robin van Persie

Strangely off-pace early on but quick to resume normal 2011 service after interval with a header and a tap-in. 7


A willing if limited option on the left flank. Unable to make significant impact and sacrificed with 16 minutes remaining. 6

Best off the bench

Yossi Benayoun Replaced Gervinho late on as hosts looked to see out the victory. 6