Cannon fodder! German press fearful of Arsenal

The power of Arsenal has the Germans worried with regard to Borussia Dortmund's match with them tomorrow night.

Borussia Dortmund's poor display against Hannover at the weekend has the German media worried.

Combined with their battles with injuries, it leaves them scrambling to pull a rabbit out of the hat faced with Arsenal's supreme form as demonstrated in 4-1 win over Norwich.

Newspapers are busy talking up the Gunners as a team to be truly fearful of, led by talisman Mesut Ozil 

Bild write: "The British guns are loaded. Arsenal are the outstanding leaders at the top of the Premier League, Dortmund dither winning 1-0 over Hannover.

"The anxious question is, are Dortmund just cannon fodder for the Gunners, as with the defeat two years ago?"

Goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller disagrees: "We must now switch to Champions League mode. Arsenal, fans can look forward to a treat."

They will have to step it up; a day earlier Bild suggested Dortmund's performance at Hannover leaves them in serious trouble.

"Likely of the two scouts of Ozil's club Arsenal (who won 4-1 at the weekend) have not been impressed. One thing is certain: This level is not enough in the Champions League in London on Tuesday."

Website Kicker rave about the Gunners: "In the league, Wenger's team is currently the number one, even without injured offensive people Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott. In Group F, Ozil, Mertesacker and Co. have won both games."

However not all are fearful. A poll on the website of regional newspaper Ruhr Nachrichte shows fans of Dortmund are backing their team to pull off a victory. In fact just 14 per cent forecast an Arsenal win.

The stage is set for a memorable night at the Emirates. Despite the visitors' failure to truly click of late, a win over last season's finalists will represent the biggest achievement of the season so far.

Another fast start as did for Napoli could just unnerve an already worried side, and be enough to see Arsenal through for victory.

Hopeful or realistic? What do you think, will Arsenal have enough to see off Dortmund?

 

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