Arsenal are getting ready for their opening Champions League game on Tuesday.
The Gunners are regulars in Europe’s premier club competition, and their presence in the group stage is no surprise.
The North London’s opening Group D game will be against German club Borussia Dortmund away from home.
It promises to be a tough match, especially as the Bundesliga outfit have a strong record at the Signal Iduna Park and have a very good team.
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker knows that and is also aware of the injuries that Jurgen Klopp’s side have at the moment, including that to his German compatriot Marco Reus.
The 29-year-old former Werder Bremen centre-back, though, is looking forward to the match and hopes to get maximum points from the encounter in Dortmund.
‘I think we have to give absolutely everything again to get something out of Dortmund’, Mertesacker, who won the 2014 World Cup with Germany in the summer, told Arsenal’s official website.
‘They have a good squad, have suffered a few injuries and I think it's good to have them at the start [of the group]. We'll try our best and try to deal with the pressure they will put on us’.
Arsenal and Dortmund will be favourites to progress from Group D and into the last 16. But Galatasaray will not be easy opponents, while Belgian outfit Anderlecht are not expected to make much noise in the group.
A win for the Gunners in Germany on Tuesday will go a long way to helping them secure a place in the knockout stages.