Robert Lewandowski has ruined Arsene Wenger’s birthday as the Borussia Dortmund striker’s late goal clinched a 2-1 win against Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Arsenal manager Wenger turned 64 on the day of the game but Lewandowski played the party pooper as he netted a 82nd-minute winner at the Emirates Stadium to shatter Arsenal’s 100 percent record in Group F and end their 12-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
The Gunners trailed to Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s early strike, but France striker Olivier Giroud equalised before half-time.
However, Poland’s Lewandowski had the final word with a typically predatory finish that underlined why he is one of the most coveted strikers in the world.
Dortmund’s win lifted them level with Arsenal and Napoli on six points in a three-way tie at the top of the group heading into their return meeting with the Premier League leaders on November 6.
“Dortmund were well organised to stop us from playing and we were not as good as we can be offensively,” Wenger said.
“Some of our players were not as fresh physically as they have been.
“We put ourselves on the back foot with the first goal and were a bit naive with the second.
“We have to look at ourselves for not being mature enough in situations like that. If you can’t win the game you shouldn’t lose it.”