By Joe Brewin

Yossi Benayoun says Arsenal’s hard-earned draw in Dortmund on Tuesday night was a useful result for the Gunners.

Benayoun made his Champions League debut for the team in midfield, starting his first game for Arsène Weger’s side against the German outfit.

Robin van Persie’s first-half strike looked to have handed Arsenal maximum points in their Group F opener but Ivan Perisic hit a stunning late leveller to grab a point for Dortmund.

“It is very positive,” Benayoun said. “When you are 1-0 up with two minutes to go, you can feel already the three points so it was a little bit disappointing.

“But we did a good performance and hopefully we can continue that against Blackburn on Saturday.

Benayoun says he was happy with his first start in an Arsenal shirt and believes he and his fellow new signings can boost the team this season.

“Over time it will improve with not only Arteta but the whole team. We have a few new players and I think there is a lot of quality in this team, it doesn’t matter who plays.

“I was happy to play, I was one of the three midfielders and I feel comfortable playing there. Most of the time I play there for Israel, sometimes I play on the left-wing.”

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14 Sep 2011