[Player Ratings] Dortmund 0-1 Arsenal: Rosicky The Unsung Hero For Gunners

By on November 7, 2013

Tomas Rosicky

Arsenal took a huge step towards qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in Germany last night. Here are my ratings for Arsene Wenger’s men:

Szczesny 7.5/10

Made a couple of crucial saves to keep us ahead and commanded his area well, coming to collect crosses to ease the pressure. Looks a different player to this time last season.

Sagna 7/10

The Frenchman was his dependable self once again, fighting for the cause and keeping the home sides attack at bay.

Mertesacker 8/10

Excellent performance from the giant German. He marshalled the back-line, put his head on everything and kept the dangerous Lewandowski relatively quiet.

Koscielny – 8/10

Continued his superb partnership with Per with another rock solid display. Made a number of important interceptions and blocks. Should have had a penalty when he was cleaned out by the Dortmund keeper.

Gibbs 7/10

Wasn’t as adventurous as he usually is due to the threat posed by the opposition but didn’t give Reus a sniff.

Arteta 6.5/10

Struggled with the pace of the game in the first half and was fortunate not to be sent off for two bookings, but he settled down in the second half and did an excellent job in staying on the field to help his team over the line.

Ramsey 8/10

Another all-action display and yet another goal. He ran more than any other player on the pitch and was rewarded by heading home the winner. Was unlucky not to add a second shortly after as well.

Rosicky 9/10

The unsung hero. He ran his socks off, closing down Dortmund at every opportunity and was excellent when we had the ball. A vital player for us last night.

Cazorla 7/10

Not his most creative game but that’s to be expected as we were under a lot of pressure. Santi still showed signs of his quality and worked hard to track back and help out in defence.

Ozil 7/10

Was pretty quiet until we scored at which point he became central to our attacking play.

Giroud 7.5/10

Was a constant pest for the home side to deal with and while his hold up play wasn’t always on point, his assist for Ramsey was vital.

Subs

Monreal 6/10 – On to shore things up.

Vermaelen N/A – On too late.

Bendtner N/A – On too late.

A massive win and we stay top of Group F on difference from Napoli, who are away to Dortmund next. We could secure qualification with a win over Marseille at the Emirates as long as the Italians get something from the game in Germany.

What were your ratings from the game? Will Arsenal now go on to qualify? Share your views below.

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8 Comments

  1. Rooney’s getting nervous playing us saying “We’ve seen before that they’ve been in the top two until February or March and then faded away.” Trying some mind games but he’s hasn’t faced an Arsenal team like this one, just better concentrate on Man U finishing in the Top 4 as I no longer see them as title rivals, going to be between us, City and Chelsea.

    So let’s make it sweet 16 away games unbeaten on Sunday with a glorious 5-1 victory, COYG!!!

  2. G Moyo

    November 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Rosicky on 9? what match wre you watching? He was losing the ball all the time with misplaced passes and hiding in the middle of the pitch. Useless performance…

    • Jorgen

      November 7, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Rosicky was outstanding and the best player on the field – just ask Marco Reus and read his comments! To say anything else is just sad really. Totally agree with your points, maybe Arteta should have 7,5.

    • bhasmasuran

      November 7, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Which match were you watching, mate?
      Rosicky was amazing the whole match. He was attacking and at the same time providing that defensive steel as well.
      He even overran Reus , before getting pulled down by him!

    • TJBgooner

      November 7, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Typical ‘blind’ gooner comment who only watches what the player with the ball is doing rather than seeing the bigger picture. TR7 was outstanding on and off the ball all game and using his energy at the right times.

  3. SirGuy lordcliff

    November 7, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Sunday!!! Evra, van persie will cry alongsid wit fustrated Rooney. Cos moyes hav no record over Wenger. Check!

  4. Zealous

    November 7, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I didn’t watch de game but thanks to all team members for their hardwork nd muchmore is needed for de weekend encounter. Keep it up, gunners for life

  5. Rodolfo

    November 7, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Finally a player ratings that gives Rosicky his due. He was excellent. If he is replaced by a returning Wilshire or Walcott we will suffer, mark my words! As much as Ramsey has been our goalscoring talisman, he is poor on defence. Notice in the second half, he went forward and Rosicky moved back into his place. He got the goal while Rosicky tackled the crap out of Dortmund.

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