By Joe Brewin
Mikel Arteta says only time will tell if Arsenal’s battling point at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night was a good result.
The Spanish midfielder made his Champions League debut against the 1997 winners, lining up alongside fellow new signing Yossi Benayoun as the Gunners took home a 1-1 draw from the BVB Stadion.
Plenty of Arsenal fans were happy with that against the talented Bundesliga champions but Arteta believes that Arsène Wenger’s side must build on a respectable point with a win in their next Group F game against Olympiacos at Emirates Stadium.
“If you win at home in the next game, this is a good result,” the midfielder said. “If you don’t, it is not as good obviously because with five minutes to go we had the three points in our hands.
“It was a tough one - we knew it was going to be really tough. They play at a really high tempo and it’s not easy.
“I think at the end we got an OK result - it could have been better but they scored an unbelievable goal. It was a fair result.”
Despite his disappointment at letting two points slip in Germany, Arteta insisted the team could be proud of their efforts against Jurgen Klopp’s strong Dortmund side.
“To be honest they played some really good stuff and created some chances, so it’s not a bad point,” he said.
“We knew that the start was going to be really difficult but we stuck at it. It was hard but we tried to stay together as a group.
“Hopefully we can improve because on Tuesday night we could have done much better with the ball than we did.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 14 Sep 2011