Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund LIVE - The latest updates from the Champions League Group F match - Live coverage - The Independent

Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund LIVE - The latest updates from the Champions League Group F match

By Jack de Menezes
by Jack de Menezes on Oct 22, 2013 at 8:49 PM
Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the Champions League Group F clash between Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund from the Emirates Stadium.

We want to hear from you. To do that, click the 'Make a Comment' button below and we'll re-post the best ones. You can also take part in our poll on which club Jurgen Klopp is likely to manage after the Dortmund coach admitted he would like to come to England. CLICK HERE TO VOTE.

In the meantime, follow all the latest news and reaction below...
  • Full-time: Arsenal 1 (Giroud 41') Borussia Dortmund 2 (Mkhitaryan 16', Lewandowski 81')
    • Mkhitaryan puts Dortmund ahead after a Ramsey error; Giroud equalises after a defensive mix-up
    • Lewandowski scores a late winner although is shown a yellow card for an elbow on Koscielny
    • Full-Time: Schalke 0 Chelsea 3 (Torres 2, Hazard); Celtic 2 (Forrest, Kayal) Ajax 1 (Schone)
    10/22/2013 5:41:01 PM
  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of tonight's Champions League Group F encounter between Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium.
    10/22/2013 5:07:36 PM
  • 10/22/2013 5:09:58 PM
  • 10/22/2013 5:19:07 PM
  • Will it be a birthday to remember for Arsene Wenger?
    Happy birthday, Arsène Wenger? It most certainly will be on Tuesday night if on the occasion of the Arsenal manager’s 64th his resurgent young team beat last season’s Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund to confirm their position as one of the most exciting teams in Europe.
    To read more of what Sam Wallace had to say on the Arsenal manager, click HERE.
    10/22/2013 5:30:57 PM
  • If you fancy a different tribute to Wenger, Sam Wallace has written a song to celebrate his birthday:

    Eight games played and we’re top of the league
    Now that Fergie’s gone.
    From Jack to Santi to Giroud to Jack 
    Total football is coming back

    Passing the ball, beating AVB,
    Who could ask for more?
    Will you still need me, (I could go to PSG),
    Now I’m sixty-four

    To read the song lyrics in full, click HERE.
    10/22/2013 5:34:46 PM

  • So what do we know about Borussia Dortmund? Jack Pitt-Brooke tells us all we need to know:
    As good a player as Götze is, Mkhitaryan has replaced him well as an intelligent No 10, while Aubameyang and Marco Reus provide more than enough pace and incision on the flanks. Dortmund are the Bundesliga’s top scorers, with 22 goals in nine games. Reus and Aubameyang have eight and six respectively in all competitions. Lewandowski, as sharp as ever, has nine in 12. The one frustration was their 2-1 defeat at Napoli, in which Klopp was so angry with the fourth official he is banned from the touchline tonight.
    To read a full analysis of Borussia Dortmund, click HERE.
    10/22/2013 5:38:54 PM
  • And if (somehow) you've missed the big news today, Sir Alex Ferguson has released a new book. What's the fuss you ask? Well you can find out the reason why he got rid of 'Becks' as well as why Roy Keane leaving was the best thing that happened to United at the time. Click HERE to read what Ferguson has to say.
    10/22/2013 5:44:40 PM
  • Team news to come shortly...
    10/22/2013 5:48:58 PM
  • Team line-ups:
    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs. Arteta, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Rosicky, Giroud.
    Subs: Fabiański, Vermaelen, Monreal, Jenkinson, Cazorla, Gnabry, Bendtner.

    Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Großkreutz, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer, Bender, Sahin, Blaszczykowski, Mkhitaryan, Reus, Lewandowski.
    Subs: Langerak, Kirch, Papastathopoulos, Durm, J. Hofmann, Aubameyang, Schieber.
    10/22/2013 5:53:32 PM
  • As you can see, Santi Cazorla will start from the bench as Wenger chooses to restore Aaron Ramsey to the starting line-up along with Tomas Rosicky, as Mathieu Flamini is ruled out with a concussion.

    Dortmund have the usual suspects lining up in attack, which is set to be spearheaded by Pole Robert Lewandowski, who is playing his second match on these shores in a week after playing against England at Wembley last Tuesday. However, Patrick Aubameyang will start from the bench, meaning the Gunners will have one less goal threat to deal with. Just Blaszczykowski, Mkhitaryan, Reus and Lewandowski then...
    10/22/2013 5:57:31 PM
  • Over in Germany, Fernando Torres starts for Chelsea replacing Samuel Eto'o, while David Luiz is dropped after his poor performance against Cardiff on Saturday, with Gary Cahill partner John Terry at the back. Andre Schurrle also starts on his return to Germany.
    10/22/2013 6:05:15 PM
  • Don't forget you can use the comment button to let us know your predictions and opinions on tonight's game. If Arsenal win, will they have done enough to get through to the next stage with three games left? Will Dortmund provide the first dent in the Gunners season? Let us know and we'll re-post your views.
    10/22/2013 6:14:44 PM
  • The Independent's chief football correspondent Sam Wallace has spotted a familiar face at the Emirates tonight, can't think why he's in the news today...

    10/22/2013 6:15:51 PM
  • Some good opinions coming in already...

    10/22/2013 6:17:18 PM
  • The Independent's football writer Jack Pitt-Brooke is also at tonight's game, as are 2000 Dortmund fans that were enjoying a beer or two when I passed them at London Euston earlier today...

    10/22/2013 6:21:00 PM
  • Is anyone else apart from @SaintyLife going for an Arsenal 100 Dortmund 0 scoreline? I imagine not.


    10/22/2013 6:23:30 PM
  • We'll be leaving the poll up until half-time, so don't forget to vote before then!
    10/22/2013 6:31:20 PM
  • We're closing in on kick-off with just over five minutes till we're underway. Anyone getting nervous? It has all the ingredients of being an absolute belter!
    10/22/2013 6:39:34 PM
  • Don't make me angry, you won't like me when I'm angry...

    10/22/2013 6:40:40 PM
  • The teams are out, and we're nearly ready to go. A brilliant atmosphere at the Emirates tonight.
    10/22/2013 6:45:05 PM
  • 1 min: The match has kicked-off!
    10/22/2013 6:46:21 PM
  • 2 mins: Rosicky wins a free-kick in the Dortmund half, and Arsenal choose to just keep possession as they look to work out their opponents.
    10/22/2013 6:49:01 PM
  • 4 mins: Grosskreutz has his first sighter on goal, but it's a long way over. Dortmund are looking lively early though.
    10/22/2013 6:50:11 PM
  • 5 mins: Dortmund are heaving a sustained period of possession deep in the Arsenal half, but the Gunners are keeping them out for the time being. Fernando Torres has given Chelsea an early lead at Schalke.
    10/22/2013 6:51:36 PM
  • 7 mins: Ozil chips the ball over Giroud, and the Frenchman is extremely unhappy with something there, barking orders back at the German. Seems as though he wants the ball played to his feet.
    10/22/2013 6:53:09 PM
  • 8 mins: The atmosphere has quietened somewhat, although the drummer in the Dortmund end hasn't stopped since kick-off. can he last 90 minutes? I have my doubts. Lewandowski makes his first run into the box as Reus looks to set him free, but Koscielny clears well and Rosicky wins another free-kick.
    10/22/2013 6:55:18 PM
  • 10 mins: Arsenal expand for the first time with Rosicky finding Sagna on the right in space. The Frenchman moves up-field before giving the ball away in the box, and the move breaks down. AC Milan have taken the lead against Barcelona in Celtic's group - a potential upset on the cards?
    10/22/2013 6:57:17 PM
  • 12 mins: The Arsenal defence give Reus time to look up, and he needs no second invitation to shoot at goal, with his right-footed shot flashing past Szczesny and out for a goal kick.
    10/22/2013 6:58:30 PM
  • 13 mins: Again, Dortmund are holding onto possession well, looking to frustrate their opponents into a mistake. So far, not many chances to speak of.
    10/22/2013 6:59:52 PM
  • 15 mins: Sagna finds Giroud with a throw-in and the striker shows a nice flick to wriggle free from Schmelzer. He tries to play in Ozil behind the defence, but he puts too much on it and it's out for a goal kick. 
    10/22/2013 7:01:13 PM
  • 16 mins: GOAL FOR DORTMUND!
    10/22/2013 7:01:26 PM
  • 16 mins: Oh Aaron Ramsey, from hero to zero in a split second. The midfielder dallies with the ball on the edge of the box when he needed to clear it, and Reus comes from the side to knock it into the path of Lewandowski. He looks up, and plays it right to Mkhitaryan who calmly slides the ball past Szczesny to take the lead. You can't say they haven't deserved it, but it was the mistake they were looking for.
    10/22/2013 7:03:29 PM
  • 19 mins: Koscielny commits to dispossess Bender but he gives away the foul. Arsenal win the ball back though, and Wilshere attempts to free Giroud as he breaks away from the defence, but the striker has gone too early and it's offside.

    10/22/2013 7:05:41 PM
  • 21 mins: Ozil finds Gibbs wide out on the left, and he is allowed to charge forward with Grozkreutz nowhere to be seen. his delivery is poor though, and it sails out for a goal kick. A good response by the Gunners though as they look to get back into the game.
    10/22/2013 7:07:14 PM
  • 22 mins: Penalty shout...not given. Giroud barges Schmelzer off the ball legally, and breaks towards the Dortmund box. Hummels comes sliding in and brings the striker down. It's a yellow for Hummels, but crucially the referee gives the foul outside the box. The free-kick is headed goalwards by Koscielny, but it goes over and the chance goes.
    10/22/2013 7:10:06 PM
  • 10/22/2013 7:10:59 PM
  • 25 mins: Reus breaks early as Mkhitaryan looks to set him clear, but it's just offside. Arsenal go quickly up the other end, and Weidenfeller nearly gives away a corner when he slips as he takes the ball. He keeps it on the field of play though.
    10/22/2013 7:12:05 PM
  • 27 mins: The game is beginning to open up now as both teams are looking to attack more. The ball bounces around the Gunners' area before Koscielny sends it clear. Messi has equalised for Barcelona - that didn't last long.
    10/22/2013 7:13:31 PM
  • 28 mins: Lewandowski spins Mertesacker and is away, but the referee brings it back for a free-kick. one of those "if it was in the Premier League...or maybe the Bundesliga" as Klupp rages in the stands. Wilshere breaks clear on the left, and Weidenfeller palms it back into the midfielder. The Englishman hasn't got up, and he looks to be in a substantial amount of pain on the edge of the pitch. Oh no, he's holding his ankle...
    10/22/2013 7:15:44 PM
  • Sympathy for the injured man as always...




    10/22/2013 7:17:19 PM
  • 32 mins: Wilshere thankfully is back on, though he is moving a tad gingerly. Ramsey finds himself in space and has a long range attempt that goes wide of the left. He had Wilshere free ahead of him, but he doesn't look right and he's glancing towards the bench.
    10/22/2013 7:18:34 PM
  • 34 mins: Lewandowski makes another burst into the box, but Arteta tackles him well and clears the danger. Arsenal are looking to attack here, but it's leaving them exposed and you sense that Dortmund have definitely got more goals in them.
    10/22/2013 7:20:48 PM
  • 35 mins: Reus has another attempt, but it's tame and rolls into the hands of Szczesny. Wilshere is sent on a long chase into the right corner, and he appears to be recovering from that knock to his ankle. Seems as though Wenger will give him till at least half-time.
    10/22/2013 7:22:01 PM
  • Mkhitaryan puts Dortmund ahead in the 16th minute

    10/22/2013 7:22:42 PM
  • 38 mins: Chance for Arsenal...off the line! Giroud breaks down the left, and his initial ball to Ozil in the middle is poor. It comes back to Rosicky on the edge of the box and with Weidenfeller out of position he strikes it first time. The keeper is beaten, but Hummels is back on the line to clear at the last moment.
    10/22/2013 7:25:28 PM
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