After watching his side lose to a team which took full advantage of one of the two chances that came their way, and then kept Dortmund at bay with a fantastic defensive performance, even Juergen Klopp said Arsene Wenger's side are capable of winning the competition - as long as they avoid Bayern Munich of course.
With Arsenal becoming the first ever British team to win away at Dortmund in the Champions League, we thought we'd pick apart the media's reaction, at both home and abroad...
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THE GUARDIAN: RAMSEY THE DESTROYER AGAIN AS ARSENAL DISMANTLE YELLOW WALL
David Hytner writes: "Aaron Ramsey can do no wrong. Everything he touches turns to goals right now and, if his 11th of an already stellar season was arguably the scruffiest of the bunch, it positively dripped with prestige value. Arsenal had set up to contain Borussia Dortmund, the beaten finalists in the Champions League last time out and one of Europe's most fancied teams. For long spells Arsène Wenger's players relied on defiance, which was epitomised by Per Mertesacker, who rose to the challenge on every level in his native Germany.
"Yet when they ventured forward for the first time of any note, Ramsey threw himself in where it hurts to bring Dortmund to their knees. The goal followed the cheap surrender of possession by the home side but Arsenal punished them with the same ruthlessness that Dortmund had shown in their own smash-and-grab victory at the Emirates Stadium two weeks previously. Jürgen Klopp, the Dortmund manager, and the pulsating Westfalenstadion fell silent. This was a case of Klopps and Robbers Part II."
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THE TIMES: ENGLISH CLUBS COME TO THE FORE
Though The Times chooses a similar image for their back-page splash, the paper aims to provide a broader perspective by pulling together Arsenal's win over Dortmund and Chelsea's victory over Schalke. Inside the paper, Oliver Kay chooses to highlight the defensive work of the two visiting centre-backs.
Oliver Kay writes (paywall): "For those who have long lamented Arsenal’s difficulty in winning ugly and grinding out victories, particularly against top-class opposition, this performance, low on artistry but high on industry, focus and courage, was the type that might change perceptions. After an exhibition of attacking flair to beat Liverpool and move five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League on Saturday, last night brought a reminder of how much Arsenal have improved in other departments over the course of 2013.
"They were knocked out of their stride and penned into their own half for long periods by this relentless Dortmund team, but they defended valiantly through a difficult first hour, with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny outstanding. Klopp suggested that it was as if Arsenal were 'defending with four legs', a reference, it seemed, to the frequency his Dortmund team were thwarted by the long limbs of Mertesacker in particular. Ramsey’s improvement since last spring has been the most eye-catching of all, but the partnership of Mertesacker and Koscielny has become a source of strength for a team lacking assurance in central defence in recent years."
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THE TELEGRAPH: GOLDEN GOAL
Ramsey and Ozil feature on the front page of the Telegraph's pull-out yet again, as the paper characterises Ramsey's opportunistic header as a 'golden goal' in what was a 'historic triumph.
Jeremy Wilson writes: "If Arsenal really are the symphony orchestra that Juergen Klopp so colourfully described, there can be no doubt who has emerged this season as their lead conductor. Aaron Ramsey had begun Wednesday by being voted Arsenal’s player of the month for a fourth consecutive time and ended it by scoring the winner in a hugely significant victory against Borussia Dortmund. It was Ramsey’s 11th Arsenal goal in 17 games this season, equalling his return during his previous five years and 150 matches for the club.
"Most important of all, it also leaves Arsenal dominantly placed at the top of Champions League Group F, with victory in their final home game against Marseille now almost certain to guarantee their passage to the last 16 for a 14th straight season. Arsenal’s triumph last night was built on what Arsène Wenger called defensive 'metal' rather than their usual attacking flair. Ramsey will rightly again grab the headlines but, in front of Dortmund’s famous 25,000-strong Yellow Wall stand, it was 11 bodies in red and white who provided the most sturdy structure."
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THE MIRROR: SILENCED BY THE RAM
John Cross writes: "No-one can now say that Arsenal have not played anyone decent either. They are beginning to look the real deal. Borussia Dortmund will go away thinking and wondering how on earth they did not win the game from their domination of the opening hour. Robert Lewandowski, Neven Subotic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all went close while Szczesny pulled off terrific saves from Marco Reus and Jakub Blaszczykowski.
"Arsenal certainly had to ride their luck but when your luck and defiance can see you pull off great results and nights like this then you begin to think anything is possible. Suddenly the doubters might just start to believe. Arsenal look genuine contenders both at home and abroad."
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THE DAILY MAIL: RAMSEY ROCKS
Back to the Ozil-Ramsey picture on the back page of the Mail, who relegate Chelsea's win over Schalke to the inside pages entirely. In his column, Neil Ashton says Arsenal's current back four stand up to scrutiny with the best in the club's history...
Neil Ashton writes: "Naming the famous Arsenal back four is easy: Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny and Gibbs. It has taken Arsene Wenger years to replace the brilliant defence he inherited when he took over in September 1996. He has finally done it. Whether it is by luck or judgement, he has four defenders who are old school in their approach: they simply do not want to concede goals.
"That was the priority in the pre-Premier League days when Dixon, Adams, Bould or Keown and Winterburn were shutting up shop all over Europe. Last night in the Westfalenstadion, against last season’s beaten finalists Borussia Dortmund, there were haunting reminders of that famous defensive unit. They have gone back to basics. Look at their record this season and it’s easy to understand why they are five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League and leading Group F."
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THE REACTION FROM GERMANY
"That was damned unnecessary – a defeat that hurts very very much – Dortmund dominate clearly for an hour, but then Arsenal score, cold as ice – a goal that makes Dortmund tremble, they need to win now."
"Setback for Klopp & Co – it gets very tough for Dortmund – last year’s finalists are under massive pressure approaching the last two games - the end of a long winning streak and a bitter setback for Klopp and his team."
"Setback for Borussia Dortmund – the defeat on home turf relegates them to third place in their group, already three points behind Arsenal and Napoli."
"Ramsey header shocks Dortmund – all of a sudden the survival of the group stage hangs on a thread after the first defeat at home after seven victories in a row."
"On an unfriendly autumn night Dortmund did not do enough against a well prepared Arsenal and suffered a second defeat in this year's Champions League."