Santi Cazorla believes Yaya Sanogo’s early goal helped Arsenal set the tempo in their 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund and hopes the result, which saw the Gunners qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League, will serve as a marker for future performances.
Speaking after the match to UEFA.com, the Spanish international, who was instrumental in the build up to Sanogo’s second minute opener, reflected that the home side worked hard to secure a result that leaves them with an outside chance of coming top of Group D.
“It was a very good result for us. With this result we have qualified and the team played well. The first goal was important for us – [Yaya] Sanogo played very well today and had a good combination with me and the most important thing is the finish from him.
“The goal was very important for the team, [enabling us to] play more easily. We pressed high, had a good spirit and played very well. We need to continue playing the same and now focus on the league again.
“When you finish first, you can play against another team – not Barça, not Madrid, not PSG. It is difficult because we need Dortmund to lose or draw at home and for us to win at Galatasaray, but we want to win that last game.
“Alexis [Sánchez] is very important for us. He is in a good moment for the team and I hope he continues to play the same. He is a very important player for Arsenal.”
Losing for the third time in his managerial career to Arsenal – Wednesday night’s win following last year’s 1-0 at the Westfalenstadion and the 2-1 at the Emirates in 2011 – Jurgen Klopp accepted his Dortmund side deserved to return home empty handed.
“It took a while to get into the game. It was the worst possible start to concede such a quick goal. There were situations and moments where we were able to do what we wanted, but those moments were minimal. There were just too many times we weren’t good enough, and Arsenal were deserved winners tonight.
“We will get better through work. That’s the plan. We have to work. Work always works in life. In a negative period it seems like nobody takes it. We always work hard and try to improve things – same as we’re doing now – but we’re having a difficult period and we’re not confident. You can work hard to get the luck in life, and sometimes you can work hard and think you have given everything and you still do not get the win.
“We were not courageous enough tonight, we did not close the gaps and we were not close enough to the players. There were a thousand reasons why we were not good enough.”