Borussia Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp had likened Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal to an “orchestra” before their meeting at the Westfalenstadion on Wednesday night, while labelling his own team a heavy-metal band, but in the end it was the north London club’s fans who could be heard singing the loudest come the full-time whistle.
And to put the Gunners’ 1-0 triumph into better perspective, here are a few eye-catching numbers to digest from their win...
- This was only the second time in the past 61 matches that the Germans had failed to score at home.
- Arsenal were the first English team to win at Dortmund in the history of the Champions League.
- Dortmund had won their previous eight matches in all competitions at the Westfalenstadion, and their last seven in the Champions League, too.
- Arsenal have now gone 15 matches unbeaten on the road in all competitions, including 14 wins, since losing the North London derby last March, as they head to Old Trafford on Sunday.
- And last, but not least, Aaron Ramsey’s second-half winner on Wednesday was the Welshman’s 11th goal in just 17 matches in this campaign, with the midfielder previously needing 150 games to score as many goals.
But a word of warning, though, to all those Arsenal fans already plotting their route to the final in Lisbon next May—should Dortmund win their final two group games, while Napoli also beat Arsenal at home in the last fixture, then assuming the Gunners also overcome Marseille next time out, all three sides will be level on 12 points...