Arsenal assistant manager Pat Rice believes the Gunners’ 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund in the opening game of the Champions League could prove to be a turning point in their season.
Robin van Persie put the North London club ahead in the first-half but Ivan Perisic equalised in the 88th minute as the two sides shared the spoils on Tuesday night.
The Gunners have struggled from the beginning of the season, collecting just four points from their opening four Premier League matches, one of which was an 8-2 humiliation at the hands of league rivals Manchester United.
But Arsene Wenger’s side won their first league game at the weekend when they beat Swansea 1-0 on Saturday and Pat Rice believes that the draw with the German champions shows that the side are improving.
When BBC Sport asked him if this game was the turning point in their season he said: “Very much so. It seemed, especially the win over Swansea on Saturday, was our start of the season. The players we have acquired are very, very good players.”
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Lansbury pens new deal.
Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury has signed a contract extension with the Gunners, BBC Sport has revealed.
Lansbury is currently on loan at West Ham United and signed his first long-term contract with Arsenal less than two years ago, the length of the extension he recently signed has not been disclosed by the club.
The England U-21 international has made eight appearances for the Gunners’ first-team since 2007 but was a regular starter in the Championship for Norwich City after joining the Canaries on loan for the second half of last term.
The 20-year-old scored in his first game for West Ham as the Hammers beat Portsmouth 4-3 on Saturday.
Rochina: We can beat Gunners.
Blackburn Rovers striker Ruben Rochina is confident that his side will beat Arsenal when the sides meet this weekend.
The young Spaniard, who joined Rovers from Barcelona in January for a reported fee of £390,000, scored his first goal for Blackburn against Fulham on Sunday.
Although Steve Kean’s men only left Craven Cottage with a point, the 20-year-old is confident that his side can do some damage to Arsenal and take three points against the Gunners.
Rochina told the Lancashire Telegraph: “Fulham are a good team and I think it was a good point. It was very important. The game wasn’t at home, it was a difficult game.
“Arsenal is a good game but I think we must work hard and I think we can win the game. They are a great team but we have many good players and a good team. I think we can win. Next weekend I will try for that, and the other players the same.”