Arsenal travel to Borussia Dortmund this week in one of the biggest matches in the latest round of Champions League games.
Arsenal were edged out in the reverse of this fixture at the Emirates Stadium but Arsene Wenger’s side have been able to maintain their league form and they will be confident of getting a result.
Germany has proven to be a happy place for the Gunners in the recent past, as they became one of the only sides to win at Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena last season. They also managed a point the last time they played in Dortmund.
The Gunners also have several top players going back to their home country of Germany and they should all be determined to play out of their skin in front of the German public and media.
Here are five interesting stats ahead of the game.
There is nothing between the teams in terms of their head-to-head record with both side sharing two wins each.
Arsenal have scored one more goal than Dortmund in meetings between the clubs with seven as opposed to six.
Arsenal had a lot more of the ball when the sides last met in North London, with the Gunners enjoying 57% of possession.
Arsenal also forced more shots on the Dortmund goal with nine over eight, although they committed more fouls and Dortmund were more accurate with their shots, with a higher number on target.
Arsenal’s passing success rate is much higher than Borussia Dortmund’s; 85.6% compared to 81%.
That suggests that Arsenal protect the ball more effectively, which should give them the chance to build some pressure over their German opponents in what’s likely to be a very intimidating atmosphere on Wednesday night.
Attack and Defence
Dortmund have scored seven more goals than Arsenal in league football so far this season, with both teams having conceded just nine goals.
Dortmund have also scored more goals in the group stage of the Champions League so far with six over five and once again, both teams have the same defensive record having conceded three goals each.
Aaron Ramsey and Marco Reus
These two players are the stand out performers for each club so far this season and there is very little between them.
Ramsey has scored six goals and produced four assists while Reus has scored the same number of goals, with one more assist.
However, Ramsey is way ahead in terms of passing success rate and he’s also picked up three man of the match awards this season while Reus hasn’t won a single one.
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