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September 14, 2011 / benwolfson08

Arsenal 1 — Dortmund 1 Champions League

Mario Gotze had his way in the Arsenal midfield

Yesterday was the first day of Champions League football and Arsenal traveled to Dortmund, Germany to play Borussa Dortmund.

This was Dortmund’s first time back in the Champions League in years, and they have a good team built around 19-year old German whiz kid, Mario Gotze.

Gotze is one of the best young players in European football and maybe the game’s next superstar. Arsenal offered around £35 million for Gotze on deadline day last month and Dortmund denied them for good reason.

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Here are the match highlights of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund.

Watching this game I was panicking to say the least. Arsenal was getting shredded by Dortmund in the midfield mostly due to Gotze.

However, the Arsenal defense played well enough to keep them in the game even though Dortmund held possession 57% of the time and had 23 shots to Arsenal’s 9.

The Gunners struck first in the 42nd minute when Theo Walcott placed a beautiful through ball to captain Robin van Persie. The Dutchmen flicked the ball expertly passed Dortmund’s goalkeeper to put Arsenal up 1-0.

Dortmund’s stadium is nicknamed the “Opera House” and for good reason. The place looked insane on TV, I can only imagine it in real life. Every fan was screaming and singing and on their feet never giving up hope.

This wasn’t a must-win game for Arsenal, but it would’ve been nice to get those three points. However, Dortmund had other plans when Ivan Perisic made one of the most incredible goals I’ve seen in the 88th minute.

Arsenal welcomed back Gervinho and Alex Song who were out last game with suspensions. Song performed spectacular in the defensive midfielder role and recorded 11 tackles, while Gervinho almost had a goal early in the first half.

Arsenal’s next game is on Saturday, Sept. 17 vs Blackburn Rovers.

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