Benayoun draws confidence from Dortmund point

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Arsenal loan signing Yossi Benayoun insists the team can take positives from their draw with Borussia Dortmund, despite a late equaliser denying the Gunners a much needed win.

Robin Van Persie's first half goal looked like giving Arsene Wenger's side the perfect start to their Champions League campaign, however Ivan Perisic's stunning volley rescued a point for the hosts.

The result is another step in the right direction for Arsenal, who were left reeling after being hammered by Manchester United, and Benayoun says the performance shows the side are going in the right direction.

"It was a good performance away from home because it is always difficult away from home in the Champions League," he said. "We could see the three points but they scored a goal at the end that we could do nothing about so we need to be happy with a point," he said.

"We all know it wasn’t the best start to the season. We beat Swansea the other day and to take a point in the Champions League will build the confidence. There is a lot of quality in this team and I’m sure we will show it from game to game.


"The mood is much better now. There is a great manager and great players with a lot of quality. The manager decided to bring a few players in, I am one of them, and I am sure we will add something to the team and together we will take the team forward.

"Dortmund are the German champions, they are a very good team, and we can take a lot of confidence from this game into Saturday’s game against Blackburn."

Benayoun was one of five players brought in to Arsenal during the final two days of the transfer window, and after making his first start for his new club, he admits he's finally settling in.

"I am enjoying it," he added. "The guys gave me a good feeling from the beginning and it is a big challenge. Like I said, any chance that I get I will prove that I deserve to be here. Hopefully we will have a great season."

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