Sport-BILD have pitted Arsenal's starting XI against Borussia Dortmund's and placed each individual winner into a combined best team.
Renowned German publication Sport-BILD have profiled the expected starting XI's of Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal next to each other, ahead of their Champions League tussle at the Westfalenstadion later this evening, Tuesday, but have found the two sides impossible to split.
While BILD were able to position a definitive winner in certain positions, with Roman Weidenfeller deemed the superior goalkeeper to Wojciech Szczesny, for example, there were a number of shared points for the same positions - such as the two centre back roles, attacking midfield and even defensive midfield.
Between the sticks, BILD prefer Weidenfeller because of his "safe hands" particularly "in the Champoins League in the past, where he has often returned strong performances."
At right back, Lukasz Piszczek will be tasked with taking on one of Arsenal's World Cup winners in Mesut Ozil. The defender is regarded by the German report as a preferable option to 19-year-old Calum Chambers as he is "still inexperienced" with this evening's match-up looking likely to be his Champions League debut. "Advantage Piszczek."
At centre back, BILD fail to separate all of the available options. Should Mats Hummels be available then he would likely oust Laurent Koscielny in their opinion, but his replacement Neven Subotic provides "stability" as he is "strong in the tackle and uncompromising."
For our mock-up of their XI, Subotic and Mertesacker will be drawn together, with the latter's "strong position and heading ability" being highlighted.
Erik Durm is seen as the stronger player in the left back role, over Englishman Kieran Gibbs, with Dortmund spoiled for choices when it comes to central midfield as Sebastian Kehl, Sven Bender and even Ilkay Gundogan could all be selected and would seemingly be a better fit than Mikel Arteta.
However, there must also be a space for Aaron Ramsey who is "a free scoring midfielder, a key figure for Arsenal and the victory scorer against BvB last year."
Henrikh Mkhitaryan "swapped positions with Marco Reus" last year on the right flank and would lose out to Alexis Sanchez; "Arsenal's king transfer of the summer" because of his "sprint [speed], dribbling and his recent dream-volley against Manchester City."
Arsenal's attacking options are almost without rival throughout world football, as their left winger Mesut Ozil would play over Kevin Grosskreutz, a defender who was selected for attacking duty against Freiburg.
"Due to his outstanding football skills [and his intelligence in] decisive moments - Ozil wins".
In attacking midfield, the return of "prodigal son" and crowd favourite Shinji Kagawa may have expected to start over the inconsistent Jack Wilshere, yet BILD believe neither man out-plays the other and so they both share a point.
When it comes to spearheading the attack, both Arsenal and Dortmund have injuries as neither Ciro Immobile nor Olivier Giroud are available for selection and so Adrian Ramos and Danny Welbeck feature. Again, BILD cannot separate the forwards.
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