Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has stated that he is looking forward to the all-important Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund.
Having picked up maximum points from first two group games, the Gunners can make a giant step towards the knockout stages with three points from tomorrow’s match.
However, even with his side in excellent form at the moment, Mesut Ozil is adamant Arsenal cannot afford not to take the game very seriously.
“We have a good starting position, but the job is not done yet,” the Germany international told Kicker magazine.
“Arsenal has shown their strength in the past, and now we have ripened. We are aware of our class. If we can show that, we could have nine points after three games.”
Ozil says there are two reasons why he will enjoy facing the Bundesliga giants.
“Two reasons. Firstly: A lot of good friends of mine play in the Dortmund team. I look forward to meeting them in Champions League,” Ozil said.
“Secondly: Even if it did not run perfectly for Real against Dortmund, I scored or set up a goal in nearly every game against a German side, that gives me a good feeling. Moreover, we play the first game in London. That’s an advantage.”
Arsenal go into the game without long-term casualties Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Yaya Sanogo, but the good news is Santi Cazorla and Bacaray Sagna returned into action in weekend’s victory over Norwich.
Mathieu Flamini, however, suffered a concussion after clashing heads with Alexander Tettey and he remains doubtful for the crunch tie against the Millionaires.
Borussia Dortmund have problems of their own as Sebastian Kehl, Lukas Piszczek and Ilkay Gundogan continue to miss out, but Marcel Schmelzer, Mats Hummels and Jakub Blaszczykowski all return.