Arteta buoyant ahead of Arsenal’s Dortmund Champions League clash

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Mikel Arteta says Arsenal will go into the clash with Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League buoyed by the Premier League victory over Liverpool.

Spanish midfielder Arteta played his part in the win over Brendan Rodgers’s side – and now the Gunners face two more tough fixtures in the shape of the Germans tomorrow night at a trip to face Manchester United in the league on Sunday.

And Arteta says the encounter with Dortmund will be a difficult challenge, especially after losing the home leg 2-1.

Arsenal lost to a last-gasp Robert Lewandowski goal in a game in which their second-half display looked like it was going to earn them at least a draw.

Arteta said: “It is a massive game again in Dortmund on Wednesday. We knew this week was going to be very tough, so beating Liverpool is a good way to start it. Dortmund will be a very different game, with the way they play, so we will have to get ready for it.

“We know in the Champions League against those teams you are limited to small chances, and it was our fault that we lost the home game.

“Dortmund 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.

“When you are at the top compared to where we were last season, it feels different. We have more belief and are starting to create a bit of fear into the opposition and that is giving us a better chance to win the games.

“When you are on a good run and the confidence level is high, it makes everything a bit easier.”