Champions League Group F
Television Coverage: Live on ITV
Following the international break and the weekends slate of domestic games tonight sees the return of the Champions League. With it comes a mouth-watering tie between last years finalists, Borussia Dortmund, and the current Premier League leaders Arsenal at the Emirates stadium in North London.
While Arsenal sit top of the group after victories in each of their first two games the visitors are three points behind courtesy of their shock 2-1 defeat to Rafa Benitez’s Napoli side. A home win would almost guarantee the Gunners passage through to the knock out stage, but Dortmund will prove tough opposition especially with Polish hit-man Robert Lewandowski leading the line.
Arsenal are coming off of a thumping 4-1 win over Norwich on Saturday where big money summer signing Mesut Ozil scored twice and Jack Wilshere netted what many observers consider to be a goal of the season contender. Mathieu Flamini suffered a concussion during the game and as a result misses out tonight. However there are no fresh injury concerns for Arsene Wenger’s men and the Frenchman should be able to name a near full strength line-up. The German’s were also successful at the weekend, earning a 1-0 victory over Hannover 96, and are just one point behind Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga after nine games.
Having earned rave reviews not just for their style of play but also their results Arsenal will be keen to impress against one of the big guns of European football in this marque tie. With a rematch in Dortmund still to come both sides will want to lay down a marker, and while Arsenal will want to justify the praise they’ve received recently Jurgen Klopp knows that if his side are to top the group and avoid the top seeds in the next round they must avoid defeat at the Emirates Stadium, which promises to be rocking.
Match Odds: Arsenal 7/5, Borussia Dortmund 15/8, Draw 5/2
All odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.