Gunners on target at Highbury


Arsenal 2 Borussia Dortmund 0

Arsenal got their Champions League campaign off to a solid start here on Tuesday with a clinical 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.

The English double-holders never quite demonstrated the kind of cutting edge they have displayed in the Premiership this season however.

Dennis Bergkamp put the Gunners ahead on the hour with a deflected effort before Freddie Ljungberg comeback strike eloquently summed up why this Arsenal team have become the dominant force in the English game.

England goalkeeper David Seaman started it by confidently gathering a Dortmund corner and releasing Sylvain Wiltord down the right.

There followed a sweeping cross-field pass that Thierry Henry met with the deftest of touches to direct the ball into the path of Freddie Ljungberg in the box.

The Swede, playing his first match since hip surgery after the World Cup, looked like he had never been away as he rounded Jens Lehmann and slotted home in the 77th minute.

Seaman spared the home fans a nervous climax with a fine save to keep out Evanilson's long range effort two minutes from the end, but Arsenal were well worth their three points.