Arteta targets Dortmund win

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Mikel Arteta is hoping to follow up victory on Arsenal debut with three points against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday evening.

The Spaniard went straight into Arsene Wenger's starting line-up after his deadline day move to Arsenal from Everton, and swiftly demonstrated against Swansea that he can easily adapt to Arsene Wenger's footballing ethos.

The Gunners edged past the Swans by a solitary goal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, in a game which also saw Per Mertesacker and Yossi Benayoun make their first appearances for the north Londoners.

And, says Arteta, it was positive for Arsenal to finally get a win on the board, even if the performance did not necessarily meet their high standards.

“I’ve been waiting all week to get the opportunity to play in this stadium for this Club and I really enjoyed it,” he told Arsenal Player.

“The fans have been really good since the day I signed for Arsenal, they have really welcomed me and I really appreciate it.

“We got the three points and played some good football. We had a spell for the first 15 minutes where we could have scored two or three and it could have been a different game.

“But, to their credit, Swansea played good football and it was difficult. We are really happy with the three points.”


Arteta is now focused on the job in hand in the Champions League, with Arsenal facing Dortmund in Germany in their opening fixture of the group stages.

This provides the 29-year-old with an early opportunity to show he has what it takes to perform at the highest level, and he can't wait to get started.

“You need to get that going because that brings confidence to the whole Club,” added Arteta.

“It’s going to be a really hard game but we need to win. If we start winning, things become much easier.

“You want to play against the top teams, the top players and it is a top competition. Let’s go out there and try and win.”

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