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3 things we learned from Arsenal's 2-0 defeat of Borussia Dortmund

The Gunners handed Dortmund their first group stage loss and punch their ticket to the knockout round.

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Arsenal needed a victory over Group D leaders Borussia Dortmund to secure a place in the knockout round and they got just that. Yaya Sanogo scored just two minutes into the game to put the Gunners in front and Alexis Sanchez secured the result with a stunning strike in he second half.

Arsenal went on the attack from the opening kickoff and took a quick lead in the 2nd minute when Yaya Sonogo was kept onside by Lukas Piszczek. The young striker jumped behind his marker, getting on the end of Santi Carzola's short pass and beat Roman Weidenfeller to give the Gunners a 1-0 lead.

Dortmund's best chance of the half came in the 38th when Henrikh Mkhitaryan got on the end of a diagonal ball from Ilkay Gundogan. The midfielder's shot look good to pull Dortmund even, but goalkeeper Damián Martinez got across quickly and blocked the shot at the post to deny the goal.

Despite a good start from the Germans to the second half it was Arsenal who came close to doubling the lead in the 54th minute. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's dipping shot from distance just missed getting down enough to get under the crossbar as Weidnenfeller stood frozen.

Two minutes later the goal did arrive when Alexi Sanchez beat Weidenfeller with a beautiful shot from 20-yards out that curled around a defender and went between the goalkeeper's extended hands and the far post.

The only negatives for Arsene Wenger were new injuries suffered by Mikel Arteta and Sanogo in the second half. The striker appeared to injure his hamstring, while Arteta limped off all calling for a sub.

Arsenal: Martinez, Gibbs, Monreal, Mertesacker, Chambers, Ramsey, Arteta (Flamini 67'), Cazorla, Sánchez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanogo

Goals: Sanogo (2'), Sanchez (57')

Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Schmelzer, Ginter, Subotić, Piszczek, Gündoğan, Bender, Grosskreutz (Jojić 78'), Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang (Ramos 61'), Immobile (Kagawa 61')


3 Things

1. Group D is officially two team race - Dortmund are still in control of their fate in the group, but Arsenal's win means they can't finish worse than second. The Germans are now two points clear of the Gunners heading into the final match day and will likely need just a single point against Anderlecht to take first. If they were to lose though, Arsenal could leapfrog them with a win over Galatasaray.

2. Alexis Sanchez is so good - The Chilean gets criticized a lot for a variety of things but there's no doubt he's a talent. Just look at his goal from this match. It didn't look like a dangerous moment when he got the ball, Dortmund had defenders back and appeared to have everything covered. Then Sanchez curls a back past a defender and the goalkeeper. So sweet.

3. Maybe "League Dortmund" is the real Dortmund - Jurgen Klopp's side has been a regular Jekyll and Hyde this season as they'v struggled in the Bundesliga and looked like world beaters in the Champions League. Wednesday was different though as Dortmund looked poor, lacking any real ideas on the attack to challenge the Gunners. The defense was solid -- both of Arsenal's goals were very good -- but they didn't look like the team that had won four straight group matches.