Having lost at home to Borussia Dortmund in October, Arsenal face the same opponents in the return fixture on Wednesday, knowing that another defeat will leave them in a vulnerable position in Champions League Group F.
Arsene Wenger blamed his team’s ‘naivety’ for the defeat at the Emirates Stadium, which came as a result of Robert Lewandowski’s late strike. As things stand, Arsenal, Dortmund and Napoli all have six points, and with the Italians playing at home to Marseille – who have lost all three games so far, taking something from the Westfalenstadion will be vital if the Gunners are to progress.
Arsenal are in excellent form domestically, and now lead the Premier League by five points after defeating Liverpool at the weekend, which extended their unbeaten league run to nine games. Despite the fact they went out to Bayern Munich last season, the 2006 runners-up will take inspiration from their 2-0 win at the Allianz Arena back in March as they return to Germany for the first time since achieving that result.
Dortmund are currently second in the Bundesliga, a point behind leaders Bayern, with a record of nine wins from their opening 11 games. However, they have some injury problems, with Mats Hummels, Sebastian Kehl, Ilkay Gundogen and Lukasz Piszczek all ruled out.
Meanwhile, Arsenal continue to be without Lukas Podolski, Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Yaya Sanogo and Theo Walcott, while Serge Gnabry, Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Flamini and Kieran Gibbs have all added to a very lengthy injury list.
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