Head coach Jürgen Klopp will have to watch the Group F encounter from the stands as he completes his two-game European touchline ban for his sending off against SSC Napoli, but the 46-year-old will be hoping his side can pick up where they left off the last time he was forced to take a pew with the paying guests.
On that occasion, Dortmund soared to a comfortable 3-0 win over Olympique de Marseille at the Signal Iduna Park. Despite that win, Dortmund are currently third in Group F and defeat to Arsenal would open up a six-point gap between die Schwarz-Gelben and the Gunners at the top of the group. However, Klopp does not feel defeat would be disastrous for his side.
“We aren’t in a group where the winner will get 18 points,” he said. “It would be amazing if we were to get something from the game, but nothing will have been decided after it.” Midfielder Nuri Sahin is keen to avoid defeat against the North London team, however. “The third and fourth games of the Champions League group stage are usually the most important,” he said. “If we stick to our game plan, we’ll have a very good chance of winning.”
'I would pay for a ticket'
The last time Klopp took his side to the Emirates Stadium, BVB slumped to a 2-1 defeat which all but ended their hopes of qualifying from the group stage in 2011/12. Both teams are in good form going into this season's contest, with Dortmund second in the Bundesliga table and Arsenal leading the way in the English Premier League. Klopp for one is expecting an entertaining contest.
“Two teams who have developed very well and who are always a force in their domestic leagues play each other tomorrow,” said the 46-year-old. “Arsenal have remained true to their principles over the years, despite a fair bit of criticism. In my opinion, their style was never outdated and is now having the desired effect. But we also have a team who can do a lot with the ball. If I had to pay for a ticket, I definitely would!”
International colleagues set for showdown
Lukas Podolski is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, but fellow German internationals Per Mertesacker and Mesut Özil are set to line up against BVB on Tuesday. Sahin is relishing the chance to play against his friend and former Real Madrid colleague Özil. “He’s a great player, but he’s not the only good player Arsenal have. He’s definitely an important part of the team.”
“I think Özil is the one player their team has been missing,” added Klopp. “That was definitely a good piece of business. But we have the likes of Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Sokratis, Hofmann, Durm, Ducksch who are part of our new team. We don’t have to reach the final every year, but we want to entertain our fans and play good football.”
Arsenal: Szczesny - Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs - Flamini, Arteta - Ramsey, Özil, Wilshere - Giroud
Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Großkreutz, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Bender, Sahin - Blaszczykowski, Mkhitaryan, Reus - Lewandowski
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