Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund: Champions League team news and match preview

Arsenal will hope to make amends for the 2-0 defeat Dortmund inflicted on them in September       Match preview and team news of the clash between Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, kick-off 19.45 (GMT)  Arsenal are without Jack Wilshere (ankle) and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (hip) for the visit of Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday after both players went off injured against Manchester United on Saturday. Emiliano Martinez will deputise in goal for the hosts in the Pole's absence, as he did against Anderlecht on matchday three.

In better news for the Gunners, Laurent Koscielny returns to the squad following achilles tendon problems.
Theo Walcott misses out with a groin problem, while Olivier Giroud is ineligible having been left out of Arsenal's Champions League squad.
Mesut Özil (knee), Mathieu Debuchy (ankle), goalkeeper David Ospina (thigh) and Abou Diaby (calf) are all still unavailable.
Dortmund have plenty of injury concerns themselves, and star man Marco Reus is ruled out with ankle ligament damage, which is set to keep him out for up to two months.
Elsewhere in the team, Jurgen Klopp has worries over Sven Bender (hip), Jakub Błaszczykowski (thigh), Mats Hummels (foot), Oliver Kirch (thigh), Nuri Şahin (knee) and Sokratis Papastathopoulos (leg).
Provisional squads
Arsenal: Martinez, Huddart, Chambers, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Ramsey, Arteta, Rosicky, Podolski, Flamini Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Sánchez, Welbeck, Campbell, Sanogo, Akpom
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Langerak, Subotic, Papastathopoulos, Hummels, Piszczek, Błaszczykowski, Ginter, Durm, Grosskreutz, Schmelzer, Şahin, Kirch, Bender, Kehl, Kagawa, Gundogan, Jojic, Gorenc-Stankovic, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Immobile, Ramos
Match notes
Both teams go into this match having made poor starts to their domestic seasons. Arsenal have made their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign, while Dortmund are remarkably in the Bundesliga relegation positions.
The German side have picked up just 11 points from 12 league matches.
In Europe however, Jurgen Klopp's team have been unstoppable - winning all four games, including a comprehensive 2-0 victory over the Gunners back in September.
That excellent form has seen Dortmund qualify from Group D already, but they need one more point to guarantee to spot in the group.
Arsenal were on the brink of qualification from the group themselves during their last match against Anderlecht, but contrived to throw away a 3-0 lead at home. As it stands they need a point to qualify for the knockout stages, but could make it through with a defeat against Dortmund if the Anderlecht v Galatasaray match finishes in a draw.
Arsène Wenger's side will top the group if they win both their remaining matches and Dortmund lose both of theirs.
Last season Dortmund won 2-1 in London - Henrikh Mkhitaryan was on target for the visitors with Giroud equalising his early strike, before Robert Lewandowski scored the winner. Arsenal then triumphed 1-0 in Germany courtsey of an Aaron Ramsey goal.
In 2011-12, Arsenal won 2-1 at the Emirates and the sides drew 1-1 in Germany.

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