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Gary Neville praises Arsenal's defence after win at Borussia Dortmund

Gary Neville - Gary Neville Posted 7th November 2013 view comments

Arsenal have finally come of age with a famous victory at Broussia Dortmund, says Gary Neville.

The Gunners are without silverware for over eight years but after a blistering start in the Premier League, Arsene Wenger's men produced a masterclass on the Champions League stage on Wednesday, with Aaron Ramsey scoring the second-half winner.

They became the first English team to win at the imposing Westfalenstadion in Germany and notched up a 14th win in 15 unbeaten away games in the process.

"We've always stopped short of saying this is the 'real thing' with Arsenal as we've got to provide balance, but we can start now," Neville told Sky Sports.

"We've seen so many times in the last couple of years the same players disappoint and fall apart - but all the questions have been answered.

"They are going to Old Trafford on Sunday and if they come through that then you can say they've come through the period that everybody would say they would fade."

Wenger's visitors were on the back foot for most of the first half as they looked to contain last year's finalists, but with their first effort at goal on 62 minutes, Ramsey headed home after Olivier Giroud cleverly nodded back Mesut Ozil's cross.

Dortmund began the Group F clash hunting an eighth successive home Champions League win, and it was Arsenal's ability to shut out their German opposition that particularly impressed Neville.

The former Manchester United defender added: "Their back line at times was good and they caught Dortmund offside three times. The team are keeping clean sheets and are looking organised.

"We've lambasted them at time over the last two years. But these are the same players - they're just performing to the standards. They've got to keep that back four fit and if they lose players there then they've got problems.

"But they are well drilled, have a good system and Mikel Arteta looks like he can play as a holding midfielder. It's a real achievement what they've done against Dortmund."

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