Borussia Dortmund will resume their rivalry with Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday.
The German club and the Premier League giants clashed with each other in Europe’s premier club competition last season.
On Tuesday, Dortmund will host the Gunners at the Signal Iduna Park in their opening Group D match.
For Arsenal’s 2014 World Cup trio – Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski – it will be a return to their homeland Germany after leading their country to success in Brazil in the summer.
It is one of those three German players in the Arsenal team to whom Dortmund defender Kevin Grosskreutz has thrown down the gauntlet.
‘Of course, I'm looking forward to facing Poldi’, he told Ruhrnachrichten.de. ‘It will be an exciting duel. Poldi, watch out, I'm coming for you!’
It was a joke from Grosskreutz, who was also part of Germany’s World Cup-winning squad. Podolski is a very popular figure in the German and Arsenal squads, and the 26-year-old right-back did not mean any malice with his words.
However, Podolski should not expect Grosskreutz to go easy on him if they do come up against each other on Tuesday. They may be compatriots and friends, but tomorrow for 90 minutes they will be rivals.