Arsenal will be looking to make it three wins from three when they take on last season’s Champions League runners-up.
Borussia Dortmund pose the biggest challenge that Arsenal have encountered in the Champions League so far, possibly the toughest challenge they have faced this season so far.
The good news for the Gunners is that they are in top form and go into this game off the back of consecutive wins in Europe and a solid 4-1 win against Norwich City in the Premier League.
Arsene Wenger confirmed in his pre-game press conference earlier today that Mathieu Flamini will not play while Theo Walcott will be out for around another two weeks.
GK – Wojciech Szczesny
The Polish goalkeeper is having a very good season and his consistency creates confidence in the back four. The defence know they have a reliable player behind them which does make a difference.
RB – Bacary Sagna
The Frenchman made it through the Premier League clash against Norwich without any problems. He’s just back from injury but he was solid at the weekend, whether he was flying down the right hand side to attack or tucking in defensively, trying to contain wider players.
CB – Per Mertesacker
This is a big match for the German defender because it’s against one of the best teams in Germany and Europe. Dortmund have several players who can hurt Arsenal over 90 minutes, which means Mertesacker needs to be at his very best.
CB – Laurent Koscielny
Koscielny will be under pressure constantly from now on, as Thomas Vermaelen has returned to full fitness. However, Koscielny isn’t doing a lot wrong at the moment; he’s quick, he looks fit and his strength is superb.
LB – Kieran Gibbs
Gibbs should relish this contest. He’ll be tasked with flying up and down the left wing throughout the match, to support the Arsenal midfield and to ensure that his side isn’t overly exposed on the counter attack by the quick and intelligent players in the Dortmund team.
RM – Santi Cazorla
Cazorla looked like he’d never been out of the team at the weekend, which means he should retain his position on the right. He’s good enough to link up well with Sagna when the right-back gets forward and he can rotate with any of Arsenal’s central midfield players.
DM – Mikel Arteta
With Mathieu Flamini injured, there will be a great emphasis on Arteta to sit in front of the back four and read the play. He’s not as aggressive as Flamini which means he has to be intelligent through cutting off angles and trying to intercept the ball before it reaches another Dortmund player.
CM – Aaron Ramsey
Ramsey continued his fine form with a goal against Norwich and he should thrive on this occasion. The Welshman is good enough to nudge forward and support the attack but he can also sit and pull the strings in the middle of the team.
AM – Mesut Ozil
Ozil showed no signs of being affected by a knee problem over the weekend and he will continue at the top of the midfield. His decision making and ability to create chances for others at the moment is arguably better than anyone else in Europe.
LM – Jack Wilshere
Wilshere did enough against Norwich to keep his place out on the left ahead of Tomas Rosicky. Wilshere scored a great goal, which was the finale of a brilliant piece of Arsenal teamwork and he’ll be going all out to make sure Arsene Wenger knows he should be in the team consistently.
ST – Olivier Giroud
Arsene Wenger has said Giroud has changed completely from the player who first joined the club and he will lead the attack. Giroud’s job will be trying to occupy both central defenders, creating space for the creative midfield players to pick off Dortmund.
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