Cape Town - Arsenal have qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League for the 15th successive season as Yaya Sanogo's first goal for the club and a gem from Alexis Sanchez clinched a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.
Arsene Wenger's side were desperately in need of a morale-boosting European victory after back-to-back defeats against Swansea and Manchester United left them well adrift in the English Premiership title race.
Santi Cazorla spoke to the media after Arsenal's 2-0 win against Borussia Dortmund at Emirates Stadium.
Here is what Cazorla had to say (via the Arsenal Player):
On how important the result was:
It was an important result for us to qualify. With this result we have qualified. We have another game against Galatasaray but the team played well today.
On the first goal:
The first goal was important for us. Sanogo played very well today and had a good combination with me. The most important thing was that he scored it and that’s very, very important for the team.
On lifting the pressure off their backs:
The team pressed high today. We had a good spirit and we played very well. We need to continue to play like we did in this game and we need to focus on the league again.
On finishing top of Group D:
It’s very important because you can play against teams that aren’t Barcelona or Real Madrid when you finish first. It’s difficult because Dortmund lost and now they play at home, whereas we go to Galatasaray away. We want to win the last game.
On Alexis Sanchez:
Alexis is very important for us. He is in good form for the team and I hope he continues to play the same. He’s a very important player for us.