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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Champions League: Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund match preview

Arsenal look to extend their good run of form
tonight with a matchup against last year’s Champions League runners-up Borussia
Since the start of the season in all competitions, Arsenal has won 11 of their 13 games,
their only loss being against Aston Villa on the 1 September. Having beaten both Marseilles
and Napoli in their Champions League campaign, the Gunners will strive to maintain their
perfect record in the competition against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, something that
will put them in a strong position to win the group. This game is widely seen as the
start of
a tough stretch of fixtures for Arsene Wenger’s team over the next month, with opponents
including Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and a repeat of their Champions league
match-up tonight away from the Emirates. Despite losing to Napoli at the start of their
European football campaign, Borussia Dortmund lie second in the German Bundesliga, just
one point behind leaders Bayern Munich.
KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 7.45pm
Arsenal 2 (Van Persie 2) B Dortmund 1 (Kagawa), Champions League, Group Stage,
November 2011
B Dortmund 1 (Perisic) Arsenal 1 (Van Persie), Champions League, Group stage, September
B Dortmund 2 (Silva, Rosicky) Aresnal 1 (Henry), Champions League, Group stage, October
Arsenal 2 (Bergkamp, Ljungberg) B Dortmund 0, Champions League, Group stage,
September 2002
Arsenal's home record against German clubs is W9 D1 L3; overall it is W13 D5 L8.
The Gunners are in the group stage for the 16th season in a row.
Dortmund are in their ninth Champions League campaign. They were victorious in the 1997
edition and last season was their most successful campaign since then, remaining unbeaten
until the semi-final second leg when they lost 2-0 at Real Madrid CF.
Ozil faced Dortmund four times for Real Madrid in last season's Champions League. In the
group stage his 89th minute free-kick earned a 2-2 draw.
Arsenal to win: 2.3
B Dortmund to win: 3.2
Draw: 3.5


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