Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund player ratings
James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.
Thursday 24 November 2011
Man-for-man marking from Arsenal's 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium.
Little serious work to do as visitors restricted to shots from outside box. 6/10
Enjoying a fine second season in England and, despite being played out of position, was impressively authoritative. 7
Has struggled to impress since move from Werder Bremen, and again susceptible to quick passing from his compatriots. 5
Arsenal look stronger with the Belgian, and his strength was displayed when a tackle on him forced Bender off injured. 6
Got forward to set up Van Persie for early opportunity but once again found wanting when facing his own goal. 6
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
Strode forward with poise and purposebut not always afforded time and space against a well-drilled Dortmund side. 6
Welsh international failed to make marked impact in a game that was more one for tough tackling than one-touch passing. 6
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
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