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  • September 13, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: G. Rocchi
  • • Attendance: 65590
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Champions League Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Arsenal

Champions League Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Arsenal

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Jurgen Klopp set to recall Mario Gotze following midfielder's suspension, whilst Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker likely to make European debuts for the Gunners in Germany


PROBABLE LINEUPS

Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Bender, Kehl;
Gotze, Kagawa, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski


Mario Gotze will return to the starting XI following his suspension for Saturday’s league defeat to Hertha Berlin, and the 19-year-old will be keen to impress having been linked with a move to the Premier League throughout the transfer window.

Word in Germany is that Sebastian Kehl will replace struggling newcomer Ilkay Gundogan in defensive midfield. Jurgen Klopp is likely to select an otherwise unchanged line-up, having named the same back four in his sides last three outings.

Arsenal (4-3-3): Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Ramsey, Frimpong, Song, Arteta; Gervinho, Van Persie, Arshavin


Arsene Wenger will once again find himself in the stands, this time firmly as an observer, following the extension of his touchline ban for communicating to the bench during his side’s first leg clash with Udinese.

Expect Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker to be handed their Champions League debuts for the club, whilst Gervinho and Alex Song will return to contention following their Premier League suspensions. Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky have been ruled out of the action, having picked up knocks.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • The last time these two sides met was in the group stages of the 2002-2003 Champions League. Arsenal emerged victorious at Highbury thanks to goals from Freddie Ljungberg and Dennis Bergkamp (pictured right).
  • Tomas Rosicky was on target in the reverse fixture, grabbing the winner from the penalty spot for Borussia Dortmund against his future club, who still progressed to the second round of the competition despite the 2-1 defeat in Germany.
  • As in 2002, Dortmund line up against Tuesday’s opponents as current Bundesliga champions, having won last season’s league with 75 points, seven ahead of second-placed Bayer Leverkusen.
  • As with Wenger’s side, the Germans have made an uninspiring start to the new campaign, with a 2-1 home defeat to Hertha Berlin on Saturday leaving Klopp’s men lying in 11th place after five games.
  • Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park is the biggest capacity stadium in Germany and can hold a maximum of 80,552 fans, averaging just under an 80,000 attendance last season.

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Available Squads
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
23Shinji KagawaStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
5Felipe SantanaDefender
8Antônio da SilvaMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
35Mohamed ZidanStriker
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
3Bacary SagnaDefender
4Per MertesackerDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
25Alex SongMidfielder
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
20Robin van PersieStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
27GervinhoStriker
21Lukasz FabianskiGoalkeeper
11Andre SantosDefender
5Johan DjourouDefender
35Emmanuel FrimpongMidfielder
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
10Chu-Young ParkStriker
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
Players to Watch
Mario Götze
Mario Götze
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
Arsenal failed in a deadline-day bid for the 19-year old, who will be keen to show Arsene Wenger what he is missing out on. After missing his team's loss to Hertha Berlin on the weekend, the talented attacker is energised and raring to go.
Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
As the successor to Cesc Fabregas, Arteta will be expected take over all the duties the departed captain adopted. Tuesday's match will in all likelihood be won or lost in the midfield, and the pressure is on the former Everton man to deliver stability in both attack and defence for the Gunnners.
Prediction
Two out of form teams meet at the Westfalenstadion, and the hosts' inexperience in Champions League games make the game even more difficult to call. When on form, BVB would be favourites, but given that Arsenal managed to keep a clean sheet on the weekend and that they recently qualified ahead of Udinese despite playing poorly, a draw appears more likely.
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