Welcome to a new feature on Arsenal.com - Talking Heads.

Before and after every first-team fixture our MatchDay Show team - and an Arsenal blogger - will have their say on the match.

Arsenal took on Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday and our Talking Heads for this game were Dan Roebuck, Martin Hayes and Paul Savill from Up The Arsenal.

Read on for their post-match thoughts and a reminder of what they said before kick-off.

Dan Roebuck - Arsenal Live

Arsenal could not have asked for a tougher start to their group and they will be happy to get out of Dortmund with a point - even though it's frustrating to concede so late. Mind you, no keeper in the world would have stopped Perisic's volley. Arsenal were second best for much of the first half but they scored at the perfect time when Walcott's excellent pass was matched by Van Persie's finish. After that it was a case of keeping it tight and I thought Song was superb in front of the back four during the second half. Once again Szczesny stood out and Arteta looked at ease in the Champions League too.

It's the hardest match to start for Arsenal in Group F. The win against Swansea on Saturday will have given the players some confidence to go to Dortmund and get a positive result. In truth, a draw would probably see everybody happy. Arsène Wenger will be under no illusions of what to expect from this team - after all, they are the Bundesliga champions. It will no doubt be an intimidating place to go but many of the players are used to that kind of thing. Ramsey being out is a blow but I can quite easily see Yossi Benayoun slotting into his place with the experience he has at this level.

Arsenal TV Online commentator - Martin Hayes

I thought Arsenal could nick this one 2-1 but I think they will be happy with a 1-1 draw given how the game played out. Dortmund pressed well in the first half and Arsenal seemed to lose their shape at times, but then they got the goal through Van Persie and it came at the perfect time - just before the break. It was a shame to concede the equaliser so late but Dortmund probably deserved a point and to be fair Arsène Wenger looked happy enough at the final whistle.

It's a massive game. When you're drawn against the Germans, Italians or the Spanish you know you're up against the best in Europe. If you've won the German league you know they will be strong and well-organised with some very good players. At the moment, it's probably not the group game that Arsenal would have wanted. They probably needed another couple of weeks to find their confidence a little bit. Arsenal have definitely got the players to deal with the big atmospheres and the crowds but they're probably going into the toughest game one first. They will hopefully go there and rise to the occasion. German sides will want to do well against the English - there's always a rivalry there. It's a great chance for Arsenal to go there and grind out a result because the pressure will be on Dortmund to win their home games.


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I said in my preview that I would be happy with a point and I am. While we struggled to get into the game offensively our defensive performance in the second half was outstanding. Sagna, Koscielny and Song stood out for their discipline and Szczesny made sure we kept hold of our point as the Germans pressed for a winner in the closing minutes. Robin van Persie took his goal incredibly well and the equaliser was one of those wonder strikes you can do nothing about. All in all this was a solid start to the group stage and a performance to build upon.

Neither side has managed to get off to the best of starts in their respective domestic league campaigns but I don't expect that to have much bearing on the outcome of this match. With players such as Mario Gotze and Sven Bender in the side, Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp will send the Bundesliga champions out looking to take a scalp. Die Schwarzgelben have a strong defensive spine in Neven Subotic, Mats Hummels and Roman Wieldenfella and it could take a bit of magic from the likes of Mikel Arteta and Robin van Persie to get the better of them. We'll be looking to Per Mertesacker to give us the inside track on our opponents and the big centre-half should certainly be comfortable facing players he is familiar with. I think Arsenal are capable of coming away from Germany with all three points but I have to say that I wouldn't be too disappointed with a point from what, on paper, could be our toughest game of the Group Stage.

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14 Sep 2011