October 24, 2017

Dortmund impressive in 2-0 banging of Arsenal

Dortmund played their style Tuesday in their Champions League Group opener and won easily. They won over an Arsenal side that hasn’t and shouldn’t intimidate them, even though this was Dortmund’s first victory over them at home. Injuries to players like Hummels, Reus, Sahin and Blaszczykowski did not prevent Juergen Klopp’s side from playing their style of intense attack and winning with ease.

One player who definetely made his mark in the match was Ciro Immobile. This was the game that Immobile made his first impact as a Dortmund player with a goal just before halftime, in which he did a beautiful sweep past two Arsenal defenders. Immobile went past both Kieran Gibbs and Laurent Koscielny and showed his prowess as a striker, verifying Klopp’s choice in starting him instead of Ramos.

The other player who made an impact in this game was Gabon international forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose constant deadly force of speed truly humiliated the Arsenal defenders. He scored the second goal just past half, after receiving a skillfully placed pass from Kevin Grosskreutz that went past Per Mertesacker.

Both before and after the two goals, Dortmund had numerous other chances to score, having 15 shots in the first half alone. Arsenal could only answer with a few Danny Welbeck opportunities, in particular when he missed the net in the 41st minute.

One player who was a sore point for Dortmund in this game and had at least two chances where he should have scored was Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Again he was disappointing in not taking advantage of his scoring opportunities and is only a growing frustration for the Yellow and Black fans.

That aside, Dortmund showed that they can make an impact upon this year’s Champions League, by displaying depth that they lacked in last year’s drive.

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