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Wenger: Arsenal must remain focused

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger did his best to dampen down the rising tide of optimism surrounding his side after their impressive 1-0 Champions League win against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night.

Goalscorer Aaron Ramsey celebrates with Mesut Ozil after he gave Arsenal the lead at Dortmund.
Aaron Ramsey celebrates after scoring the match winner.

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Aaron Ramsey's second half goal gave Wenger's side a valuable three points at the home of last season's Champions League runners-up, with the Arsenal boss suggesting an improved mentality in his side was the crucial factor in their success.

"It was a very mature performance," Wenger told Sky Sports. "We were under consistent pressure from the first to the last minute and we didn't make mistakes. It was a very tight game, very difficult, but we had that kind of united compact block that didn't give them any chances.

"I was concerned that there was a long time to go when we scored, but we created chances and could have scored the second. They tired a little as well and we knew that it was a case of keeping the team focus and let out our technical superiority come through at some point in the game. It happened and it was Ramsey who scored.

"A year ago I thought it would be difficult for Ramsey to score, but he is a young player with confidence and he has improved tremendously, which is a huge credit to him.

"This [win] gives us a big lift because not many teams have won here. We are on a good run in the Premier League, but with every game you need to turn up with a top level performance and that’s what we want to do on Sunday."

Arsenal's star of the season, Ramsey, will receive yet more plaudits after his winner in Dortmund, but he was eager to share the credit with his team-mates.

"I’m enjoying myself at the moment and everything seems to be going in," he said. "I'm delighted with the way I'm playing, but this was a great achievement from the lads.

"This is always a difficult place to come, but our fans were magnificent for us tonight. They stuck behind us and we managed to get the win. We were patient and it was a great away performance. We defended ever so well and we got them on the counter attack. It was a great team effort.

"They [Dortmund] are no mugs. They got to the final last year and were very unlucky. They are a very strong team. We had to do our defensive work well tonight and we are over the moon with that."

Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, claims Arsenal can go all the way to the title this season.

"Yes, Arsenal have the quality to win the Champions League," he said. "They are young, healthy and good technically. They were clever enough to get a result tonight. Of course they can win the final if they don't play against Bayern Munich."


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