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UEFA Champions League

  • 24 November 2011
  • • 01:15
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: F. De Bleeckere
  • • Attendance: 59531

Arsenal - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Gunners Look To Secure Qualification Into The Knockout Stages

Arsenal - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Gunners Look To Secure Qualification Into The Knockout Stages

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Both teams have successfully recovered from their early season slump and prepare to clash at the Emirates Stadium following their initial 1-1 draw in Germany



Djourou, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Andre Santos
Ramsey, Song, Rosicky
Walcott, Van Persie, Chamakh


Piszczek, Felipe Santana, Hummels, Lowe
Bender, Kehl
Gotze, Kagawa, Grosskreutz
Arsenal know a victory will secure them qualification to the knockout stages of the competition and will therefore look to field a strong team. After another poor showing over the weekend, Per Mertesacker could be dropped for Laurent Koscielny while Gervinho and Mikel Arteta could be rested in place of Tomas Rosicky and Marouane Chamakh.

The Gunners have no new injury concerns but still lack the expertise of long-term absentees Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby.

After a mediocre performance over the weekend against Bayern Munich, Kevin Grosskreutz could be Jurgen Klopp's only change of the game as Chris Lowe could come in to replace him.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos is still recovering from a broken cheekbone while Neven Subotic is a couple of weeks away from returning to action for Dortmund.


  • Arsenal are so far undefeated in the group stage of the Champions League, winning two and drawing two. Every other team in Group F has lost at least one match.
  • Tomas Rosicky, who could feature against his former team, scored against Arsenal when he played for Borussia Dortmund in the 2002-03 season.
  • Both Arsenal and Dortmund had poor starts to the season but have regained form of late; the German outfit are unbeaten in eight games while the Gunners have won five of their last six in all competitions.
  • Arsenal’s captain Robin Van Persie has scored 31 goals in 2011, averaging 1.07 goals a game.
  • This is Dortmund's first appearance at the Emirates Stadium.
  • Dortmund were the first German team to win the Champions League after the reformation of the tournament in 1992.
  • The first game between the sides ended in a 1-1 draw after Dortmund snatched a late equaliser.
  • Arsenal’s only two clean sheets in their last eight games have come in the Champions League while Dortmund have kept five in their last eight fixtures.
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