Dortmund - Italian striker Ciro Immobile scored his first goal for Borussia
Dortmund as the German side produced a dominant performance to outclass
Arsenal 2-0 in their Champions League opening group game in Dortmund on
Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added another
early in the second half to help Dortmund to a fully deserved 2-0 win in
their Group D clash.
Arsenal had won in Dortmund in the group
stages last season but they were always on the back foot against a
relentless home team.
Jurgen Klopp's side had 15 attempts on goal
in the first half alone although they were far from clinical until
Immobile struck on the stroke of half-time.
rounded Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to kill off any hopes of an
unlikely comeback on a punishing night for the Gunners.
had travelled to Dortmund for the third time in four years without
suspended right-back Mathieu Debuchy. As a result Hector Bellerin was
given his first start, while Danny Welbeck was on his own up front in
his first Champions League game for Arsene Wenger's team.
were without six senior players through injury, including the likes of
Marco Reus and Mats Hummels, but it hardly looked that way as they
started the game at a furious pace.
There was a scare for the
visitors in the fifth minute when Henrikh Mkhitaryan cut by Mikel Arteta
and fell to the ground inside the box. But instead of winning a
penalty, the Armenian midfielder was booked for simulation.
Dortmund continued to dominate, with Sokratis poking wide from a corner and Immobile shooting off target.
the half hour, Szczesny was well placed to save when a brilliant
Dortmund move ended with Aubameyang failing to touch in Kevin
Grosskreutz's low cross from six yards out.
A minute later
Dortmund missed another great chance when Immobile again found space
down the left channel. Szczesny cut the former Torino player's cross out
only for the ball to fall to Mkhitaryan 10 yards out. But he blazed
over under pressure from Jack Wilshere.
Up the other end Welbeck
almost got on the end of Kieran Gibbs cross and in another rare attack
for Arsenal, the former Manchester United striker clipped a good chance
wide of Roman Weidenfeller's right-hand post.
pressure looked to have come to nothing until Immobile picked up
possession in his own half right on half-time. Last season's top scorer
in Serie A ran at an isolated Laurent Koscielny, beat the Arsenal centre
back and then drilled low into the corner of the net.
Arsenal defensive performance continued in the second half when
Aubameyang got Dortmund's second goal after 48 minutes. The Gabonese
forward played a one-two with Grosskreutz, got around Szczesny and
regained his footing to slot into the net.
The waves of Dortmund
attacks continued and Immobile forced an excellent save from Szczesny
before Welbeck missed another opportunity for Arsenal.
the scoreline flattered an Arsenal side who were completely overrun in
midfield. Aubameyang's pace was causing all sorts of problems and he hit
the crossbar as Dortmund looked to inflict further misery on the
visitors.Welbeck then shot over the bar as the Gunners lost on the opening day of the group s