Arsenal lost 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund last night in their Champions League Group F clash in what the pundits were saying was their biggest test so far this season.
The Premier League leaders came from behind to draw level and dominated most of the second half, but a quick counter attack saw them undone by a slick finish from Robert Lewandowski.
Arsenal showed too much confidence at times and that hurt them. Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal's star man this year showed that when, instead of clearing the ball away from his penalty box, decided to take on players and got caught on the ball which led to Dortmund's opening goal.
Arsenal got a reality check last night and I think this will help them for the tough 18 days ahead where they have their hardest run of fixtures. They will need to do the simple, and sometimes, ugly stuff first before they can showboat with fancy flicks which they tried to do in the first-half last night, which lost them possession on a few occasions.
I feel Arsenal will learn from mistakes they made last night, even though they looked the better team over 90 minutes against last year's Champions League runners-up.
Arsenal travel to Crystal Palace in search of three points on Saturday to stay at the top of the table before they host Chelsea in the League Cup next Tuesday and Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday 2 November.
I'm sure Arsene Wenger will remind the team not to get ahead of themselves just yet, and make sure they stamp their mark in the league and in Europe over the next three weeks, and not let this one defeat in 13 games get them down.
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