Borussia Dortmund 0 Arsenal 1
( Ramsey 62 )

Aaron Ramsey’s brave second half header ensured Arsenal saw off Borussia Dortmund. The win ensures Arsenal remain in pole position in group F, and was no more that the Gunners’ football deserved. After a stagnant first half which saw the Bundeslinga side press and deny Arsenal any space or time on the ball, Ramsey stooped low to bravely head what was to prove to be the winner on another happy away day in Europe.

Ramsey sees his goal tally at a remarkable eleven goals in all competitions and represents just deserts for a player who has excelled this season. The Welshman could have doubled the Gunners advantage moments later. Picked out by Olivier Giroud’s cross, Ramey took a touch an hit the ball on target but this time Dortmund ‘keeper Roman Weidenfeller managed to get his legs in the way, deflecting the effort for a corner. Per Mertesacker almost got onto the score-sheet with a looping header that had Weidenfeller beaten, but lacked the precise loop to drop in on target.

Arsenal’s much more purposeful efforts to defend at the raucous Westfalenstadion went against the type of open game we saw the the Emirates stadium a fortnight ago. Kieran Gibbs passed a fitness test to start, but the game came too soon for Mathiu Flamini and Jack Wilshere. Dortmund’s patient approach should have earned them the opener from Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Set up by Jakub Blaszczykowski, the Armenian placed his shot wide of target with only Wojciech Szczesny ahead of him. Szczesny denied efforts from Marco Reus and Blaszczykowski as the Arsenal defence rocked to the home side’s slick one touch inter-play.

But as the score remained goal less, the Gunners stepped up their game. Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky provided the rock and resistance from midfield, and it was from the determination of the Czech Republic midfielder that saw Arsenal take the lead.

Rosicky never gave up on a ball that seemed to have gotten beyond him. Instead he found Mesut Özil out on the left. The German saw Giroud’s imposing figure causing havoc in the Dortmund defence and struck up a cross in his direction. Giroud under pressure from his marker but strong enough to guide the ball into Ramsey. Despite the proximity of Neven Subotic’s boot, the Arsenal leading goal scorer bravely headed past the desperate dive on Weidenfeller.

Only Nuri Sahin’s desperate defending to clear off the line from Santi Cazorla kept the score at 1-0 to the Arsenal, as the Gunners increased the pressure on Dortmund. Four minutes of time added on saw Robert Lewandowski unable to get any contact on the ball in front of Szczesny’s goal, as Dortmund strived for the leveller.

The Bundesliga side were not to be rewarded however as Arsenal Ramsey’s solitary strike ensure that Arsene Wenger’s side become the first English side to win at the Westfalenstadion.

The win also continues Arsenal’s remarkable away form which has seen Wenger’s men win 14 of their last 15 away matches, a run stretching as far back as March, which began with last season’s win at Bayern Munich.