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Arsenal vs. Dortmund: Champions League preview

Posted on October 21, 2013 by David Nugent

In-form Arsenal hosts Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday night. The Gunners have opened their group stage campaign with two wins from two games against Marseille and Napoli.

The home side have an impressive recent record, winning ten and drawing two of their last 12 games in all competitions. Arsene Wenger’s side won 4-1 against Norwich in their last outing, Mesut Ozil putting in another impressive display and scoring a brace.

The victory kept the Gunners top of the Premier League and the quality of the Gunners passing and possession has had observers purring. England international Jack Wilshere opened the scoring for the Gunners and put in a much improved performance from recent weeks.

Last season’s Champions League finalists Dortmund will probably present the Gunners with their hardest challenge of the season so far, a win will see the north London outfit move a step closer to qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 14th consecutive season.

Dortmund have started their Champions League campaign with a defeat against Napoli, while the side from the Ruhr defeated Marseille in their last Champions League outing. Jurgen Klopp’s side need to pick-up points in the double-header against Arsene Wenger’s side in next two weeks.

The Bundesliga runners-up head into the game on the back of a 1-0 victory over Hannover in the German top-flight. In the Hannover victory Dortmund welcomed back Marco Reus and Marcel Schmelzer from injury, with Reus scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot after just four minutes.

Arsenal heads into the game with an embarrassment of riches available to boss Arsene Wenger in midfield. Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey was left on the bench for the Gunners victory over Norwich, but came on to score a goal and then set-up the fourth goal for his team.

Ramsey replaced French midfielder Mathieu Flamini in the Norwich clash, after the former-AC Milan ace was forced off with concussion. He is now a doubt for this clash and could be replaced by the Welshman in the centre of pitch for the Gunners.

Santi Cazorla made an encouraging comeback from injury against the Canaries and should keep his place in the Arsenal midfielder. Wilshere is also likely to continue out wide for the home side.

Winger Theo Walcott has suffered a setback in his bid to come back from injury. The England international will be sidelined for a further two weeks. The likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Abou Diaby and Lukas Podolski are all still out injured.

For Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller returns from a one-game suspension, after missing the Marseille game. Full-back Lukasz Piszczek and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will both miss the clash at the Emirates, while veteran midfielder Sebastian Kehl is also likely to miss the game.

Betting News

The Gunners are slight favourites for this clash at 13/10, Dortmund are 11/5, while the draw is 13/5. It really is hard to choose between two of the best passing teams in the competition. This clash could be one of the best games of the competition.

Will Arsenal continue their good run of form against Dortmund?

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