Arsenal have turned corner - Pat Rice

Arsenal captain Robin van Persie
Arsenal captain Van Persie looked to have handed the Gunners the win

Arsenal assistant manager Pat Rice believes the Gunners' 1-1 Champions League draw at Borussia Dortmund could prove a turning point in their season.

The Londoners looked set for all three points from the Group F clash until Ivan Perisic's 88th-minute equaliser.

But Rice, asked whether Arsenal had now turned a corner, 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."

The Gunners have come under pressure from some quarters this season following a start to their league campaign that included a draw with Newcastle and defeats by Liverpool and Manchester United - the latter an 8-2 reverse at Old Trafford.

Even Arsenal's Champions League play-off success over Udinese - 3-1 on aggregate - failed to convince.

However, on the back of a raft of late summer transfer activity - with Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri sold and the likes of Per Mertesacker, Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun brought in - and Saturday's Premier League win over Swansea, Rice believes Arsenal are now in a position to kick on.

"There was uncertainty as to who the players would be that leave us and whether they wouldn't," said Rice in Dortmund, who was on the touchline with Arsene Wenger serving a touchline suspension.

"[But] the players we have acquired are very, very good players, contrary to what other people have said. I have no doubt that they will show it in the games to come."

And the coach also looked to the positives following Arsenal's draw in Dortmund.

Robin van Persie looked to have set Arsenal on their way to victory in the opening Group F encounter with a smart finish from Theo Walcott's through ball but Perisic's fabulous late volley denied the visitors.

"A point apiece is a good result here," said Rice. "I don't think many teams will come here and get a result.

"We battled really hard and we knew it would be a hard, hard game. To be able to defend well is a high quality skill and that is something all of our players did this evening.

Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp said his side deserved a draw for their efforts.

"It was a great match, but unfortunately that is the way football is sometimes," said Klopp. "We played really, really well over 90 minutes: we were cheeky, we were brave and at the end we got our reward."

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