Arsenal has the chance to avenge their 2-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates two weeks ago when they visit Germany for their return Champions League fixture on Wednesday, November 6. The Gunners are coming off of an impressive 2-0 win over Liverpool in the Premier League on the weekend, but have struggled in their last couple of cup games, including a 2-0 home loss to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup.
Manager Arsene Wenger may have to do without the services of midfielder Jack Wilshere who has been having a problem with his ankle and may not be fully fit for the contest. Wilshere missed the Liverpool match and has also missed training. The only good news about the situation is that the problem is with his left foot, which is the opposite foot to the one which was injured a couple of years ago. But since this is football, so it wouldn’t be a complete surprise to see the England international dressed either.
The Arsenal boss will be without several other injured players though, including Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott, Abou Diaby and Yaya Sanogo. Defender Kieran Gibbs injured his calf against the Reds and could also be sidelined along with Serge Gnabry. Other than those half a dozen players or so, everybody else seems to be healthy and raring to go. Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta insists that the Premier League’s top side is capable of beating the second-place club in the Bundesliga and Dortmund may have been lucky to escape London with three points in their first meeting.
Arteta said about the first match, “No they weren’t the better team. We conceded a goal when we were on top in the game, and were likely to score a second to kill the game. We know in the Champions League against those teams you are limited to small chances, and it was our fault that we lost. He added that the game in Germany is a huge one and will go a long way in deciding who advances from Group F in the tournament.
The Gunners, Dortmund and Italian club Napoli all have six points from three games while French side Marseille is sitting in the cellar with no points as of yet. Napoli will be taking on Marseille at the same time Arsenal and Dortmund are going at it. An Arsenal loss and a Napoli win would see the English side in third place and in a vulnerable position when it comes to advancing to the knockout stages.
Dortmund goes into the game with four wins and a loss in their last five matches with their last match being a 6-1 win over Stuttgart on November 1. The Gunners have three wins and a pair of losses in their last five contests overall. Dortmund will be seeking their eighth consecutive home Champions League win. Manager Jurgen Klopp will return to the sideline after sitting out the last two tournament games with a ban. Klopp will be without team skipper Sebastian Kehl, Lukasz Piszczek and Ilkay Gundogan.
Arsenal are undefeated in their past 14 away games with 12 wins and a pair of draws. They’re also unbeaten in their past four trips to Germany. Dortmund has never been beaten at home by an English side in the Champions League as they have four wins and three draws against visiting clubs.
Arsenal and Dortmund have now met a total of five times over the years with Arsenal winning two, losing two and drawing the other encounter. They’ve managed to outscore the Bundesliga side seven to six over those games. They’ve lost one and drawn one at Dortmund and have been outscored three to two.