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Deutsch Delight

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Arsenal returned to winning ways on Wednesday night, courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund.

Take a look back at five more victories over German opposition.

Borussia Dortmund 0-1 ArsenalNovember 6, 2013Having already made history at the Bernabeu and against AC Milan at the San Siro, Arsenal became the first English side to win at Borussia Dortmund's imposing Signal Iduna Park, thanks to Aaron Ramsey's second-half header.

On a chilly November evening, Arsene Wenger's side displayed spirit, determination and organisation, plus a killer instinct, to ensure a vital three points. The winner itself owed much to Olivier Giroud - the striker cleverly nodding Mesut Ozil's curling cross right into the path of Ramsey, who stooped low to beat Neven Subotic to the ball and head beyond Roman Weidenfeller.

It was a result that kept Arsenal at the top of Group F, though Wenger's side would ultimately finish in second spot after Dortmund won both of their final matches to take first place due to a superior head-to-head record.

 

Aaron Ramsey scores against Borussia Dortmund

Aaron Ramsey scores against Borussia Dortmund

 

Bayern Munich 0-2 ArsenalMarch 13, 2013Entering this game after a 3-1 defeat at Emirates Stadium, this was so nearly one of Arsenal's greatest European nights. Nobody outside the club gave Arsene Wenger's side much of a hope - after all, Jupp Heynckes' Bayern Munich were well on their way to a memorable treble. But the Gunners were excellent in this last-16 clash at Allianz Arena and were given real hope when Olivier Giroud converted Theo Walcott's cross in just the third minute.

Lukasz Fabianski kept the dream alive with a string of superb saves, and Laurent Koscielny ensured a tense ending after heading home from a corner.

The result, while not enough to secure progression, had a major impact on Arsenal's form. Wenger's team went undefeated in their last 10 Premier League games of the season and secured a place in the top four ahead of Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the season.

 

Olivier Giroud scores against Bayern Munich

Olivier Giroud scores against Bayern Munich

 

Werder Bremen 2-4 ArsenalMarch 23, 2000What a night for Ray Parlour! Arsenal came into this Uefa Cup quarter-final second leg in a strong position after a 2-0 victory at Highbury. Within 25 minutes at Weserstadion, the Romford Pele had secured the Gunners' place in the last four of the competition.

First, he cut inside from the right before unleashing a powerful drive beyond Frank Rost. Then, 17 minutes later, Parlour wriggled away from a host of challenges before tucking a finish into the far corner.

Better was to come in the second half - after Marco Bode had pulled one back, Parlour this time played creator, cutting the ball back for Thierry Henry to finish.

Werder made it 3-2 and Henry was harshly sent off before Parlour added his third of the evening, sliding home from close range to seal his first Arsenal hat-trick.

 

Ray Parlour scores against Werder Bremen

Ray Parlour scores against Werder Bremen

 

Arsenal 3-1 HamburgNovember 21, 2006Arsenal's first competitive match against a German team at Emirates Stadium - and what a finish there was to this one.

Rafael van der Vaart put the visitors in front early on but Robin van Persie restored parity soon after the break, finishing clinically from Cesc Fabregas' superb pass.

The match looked to be heading for a draw until the late introduction of Theo Walcott. With Arsenal running out of time to find a winner, the England international crossed for Emmanuel Eboue to smash home at the near post with just seven minutes remaining.

Julio Baptista made sure of three points in the 88th minute, nodding home another Walcott centre to put the Gunners on the brink of qualification.

 

Emmanuel Eboue scores against Hamburg

Emmanuel Eboue scores against Hamburg

 

Arsenal 4-1 Bayer LeverkusenFebruary 27, 2002A game that will be remembered for a moment of Dennis Bergkamp magic.

Receiving the ball from Sylvain Wiltord just outside the area, the Dutchman twisted past two challenges before delightfully chipping the ball over Hans-Jorg Butt from 20 yards out.

The goal put the seal on a convincing victory at Highbury set up by Robert Pires, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira. Zoltan Sebescen pulled one back with a powerful half-volley in the closing stages but it mattered little.

 

Patrick Vieira scores against Bayer Leverkusen

Patrick Vieira scores against Bayer Leverkusen

 

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