Arsenal’s 1-1 draw will help restore confidence within the Arsenal squad, according to Laurent Koscielny and Wojciech Szczesny. Belief will have been in the toilet, and the Trainspotting toilet at that, following the game at Old Trafford but last night’s performance will help the Gunners continue down the road to Confidenceville, after the first tenative steps that way on Saturday against Swansea.
Koscielny hailed a battling defensive performance, saying, “We played a great game defensively and it’s a shame we conceded two minutes from the end, but we came up against a very good Dortmund team which played well in possession. We got stronger as the game went on and we didn’t lose, which was the most important thing. We leave with a point, which I think is the fairest result.
“We’ve had some difficult moments but things look a bit brighter. I hope our season is up and running now and that we can continue like this.”
Goalkeeper Szczesny, who ensured Arsenal hung onto their point with a great save in injury time, said, “For 90 minutes, we defended really, really well. Even from the free-kick they scored from, we defended really well and he will probably never score another one like that.
“To get a point away from home, in Dortmund – probably one of our toughest fixtures – gives us a confidence boost. I think we showed a lot of people what we’re made of”.
The Gunners have another tough away test at the weekend when they face Blackburn at Ewood Park.