Arsenal vs Dortmund: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man & Predicted Score

By on October 22, 2013

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Arsenal welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Emirates tonight looking to take a huge step towards qualification to the knockout stages.

The Gunner head into the game sitting top of Group F after victories over Marseille and Napoli, and another win tonight will see them move to nine points and on the cusp of securing a place in the next phase.

Manager Arsene Wenger celebrates his 64th birthday today so will be hoping for a welcome birthday present and he should be confident with his team playing some sensational football of late.

His side dispatched of Norwich 4-1 on Saturday with Jack Wilshere finishing off a flowing move involving Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud, while Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey also scored impressive goals to move us two points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

However, Dortmund are going to prove to be the toughest test of the season so far with last years losing finalists no doubt one of the finest teams in Europe at present.

Jurgen Klopp will continue to sit in the stands for the game after being slapped with a two-game suspension after his sending off during Dortmund’s 2-1 defeat to Napoli on match-day one.

His side beat Marseille 3-0 a couple of weeks ago so could move level on points with us if they win tonight, which would blow the group wide open.

Team News

Midfielder Mathieu Flamini has been ruled out of the game after suffering concussion at the weekend. The Frenchman was forced off after a clash of heads and the clubs doctor has advised the ‘five-day rule’ is enforced for this type of injury.

It means Aaron Ramsey will come back in to the starting line-up alongside Mikel Arteta in midfield after coming off the bench against Norwich, but Wenger isn’t expected to make too many changes with his side in excellent form.

Theo Walcott is still two weeks away from recovering from an abdominal injury so he joins Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby on the sidelines.

Dortmund welcome back Goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller after he served a one-match ban against Marseille. Klopp has also been boosted by the return of defender Mats Hummels, who also served a domestic ban at the weekend, while midfielders Sven Bender, Marco Reus and Nuri Sahin all featured against Hannover on Saturday after previously being doubts for the game.

Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is definitely out though, and he joins Lukasz Piszczek and Sebastian Kehl on the sidelines.

Likely Line-Ups

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Key Man

Mesut Ozil: The German put in a masterful display against Napoli last time out in Europe and will be up against some familiar faces having spent several years in the Bundesliga. I can see him being the key to this match.

Predicted Score

Arsenal 2-1 Borussia Dortmund: This is expected to be an entertaining affair with both sides preferring to play attractive football, but I think home advantage will see the Gunners edge it.

What would be your team and what’s your predicted score? Share your views below.

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21 Comments

  1. clement zakumwa

    October 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    we wil win today am real arsenal fan

  2. Kallon sheku

    October 22, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I think wenger will have a nice present today with 3-1 against arsenal

    • ikenna ugwu

      October 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      u re a mad man my friend ur so so blind

  3. Olayiwola temitope

    October 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Gunners will surely win to use it and celebrate Arsene Wenger’s birthday.

  4. pvzulu

    October 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Szczseny, Sagna,per m,koscienly,Gibbs. Wilshere,Ramsey,Arteta,Mesut,tomas and our usuall top man mr Na,Na,Na or Giroud if u like it that way.

  5. ikenna ugwu

    October 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I go with a 2-1 victory over Dortmnd, promises to be an entertaining encountr I go for Ramsey n Ozil to finish of d game nd Lewy for dortmnd

  6. Koker jayah

    October 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    We will win today’s game

  7. adekunle

    October 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    i believe d gunners are winning pretty tonight giving a very best btday present to AW

  8. HamaVine

    October 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Without bein sentimental here, i tip arsenal to come out with flying colours in this clash of the titan… 2-0.

  9. Momo t kamara

    October 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I support arsenal with a 2-1 victory tonight.

  10. solomon etim

    October 22, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    gunners all de way

  11. Ademola adekunle

    October 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Well dis wil be a fantastic and entertaining game when arsenal host borussia dortmund to night in CL campaign; but arsenal will be victorious by 3 -1 to mark 64th birthday of d award wining coach ~ ARSENE WENGER !!!

  12. anthony chijioke

    October 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    i pray 4 mý team arsenal to win and hopefully they wil win and i look up to ramsey and giroud seing the net and reus for dortmund

  13. Akyn Baker

    October 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Arsenal fans are dreamers…the best you all can get is a draw.The only way you can get a win is a very late goal,which make for 1-0.

  14. Akyn Baker

    October 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Arsenal fans are dreamers…the best you all can get is a draw.The only way you can get a win is a very late goal,which makes for 1-0.

    • abdullahi

      October 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Givin arsenal’s current form & d confidenc in d team,I see dem walkn away wit dis 1 tonite

  15. Robert Stephen

    October 22, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Arsenal 2- Doutmond 1

  16. Ochido man

    October 22, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    its Girouds day,I dare u bet,Dotmund can win another day bt nt 2 day,go go gooners

  17. Ochido man kenya gooner

    October 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    we either win or they looose,,gooner 4 ever

  18. GulARSE

    October 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Arsenal will beat best team by 2-1 tonight.

  19. sopuruchi madugba

    October 22, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    my gunners will win by 2goals

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