For all the excitement about Mesut Özil, the most creative player on the pitch was the opposition No 10 – Henrikh Mkhitaryan, The Independent wrote after the Champions League match between London’s Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund.
“Liverpool tried to sign him from Shakhtar Donetsk this summer and he showed exactly why, with a display of brilliant movement, imagination and touch.”
“Of course ‘Mikhi’ put Dortmund ahead after 16 minutes with a clever disguised finish but almost everything he did was classy, dropping into spaces to take the ball, turning away from Arsenal players, winning free-kicks and masterfully orchestrating Dortmund’s play. Dortmund may have lost Mario Götze but they have certainly not lost their spark,” The Independent said.
Borussia Dortmund defeated Arsenal 2-1. The visitors took the lead through Armenian midfielder Henrik Mkhitaryan early on in the first half. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored the equaliser just before half-time. Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski scored late on to earn his side a victory away to Arsenal.