Szczesny takes heart from draw

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Arsenal stopper Wojciech Szczesny believes his teammates can build on the draw against Borussia Dortmund last night and qualify for the second round of the Champions League.

The Gunners were forced to fight hard for the point at Signal Iduna Park, but looked to be on the verge of an unlikely victory following Robin van Persie's first-half opener.

However, a stunning 88th minute equaliser from Ivan Perisic denied stand-in manager Pat Rice a famous win in Germany, and the Polish stopper thinks Arsenal have to be happy with the point despite the late nature of the goal against them.

"After a goal like that I think we will take the draw. Usually when you concede in the 88th minute you are gutted, but credit to Dortmund, I think they played really well in the second half and probably deserved a goal," Szczesny told Arsenal player post-match.

"Over 90 minutes I thought we defended really, really well. Even the free-kick they scored from I thought we defended good, but the guy put it in the top corner and he'll probably never do that again. I thought we were going to see it through, but in the end we were happy with a point.


"I said to the guys after the game, 'listen, we defended fantastic', and if you're going to concede that is the way you want to do it. It was a deserved draw for both sides."

After a heavy defeat at the hands of Manchester United just over two weeks ago, the Gunners appear to have turned a corner with victory over Swansea City followed by the battling point.

After an influx of deadline day signings, Arsenal appear to have shifted the confidence levels following the 8-2 loss at Old Trafford, and will be looking to build on a host of positives from this past week.

"We gained a point in Dortmund in one of the toughest fixtures, which will give us a confidence boost. Hopefully we can go to Blackburn and get the three points," the stopper continued.

"I think we have showed a lot of people what we are made of. We showed that we can play very well and defend very well which we did."

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