Dortmund - Borussia Dortmund begin their tilt at UEFA Champions League glory this season by welcoming a difficult, if familiar, opponent in English Premier League side Arsenal FC to the Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday evening (kick-off 18:45 GMT/20:45 CEST). has all the pertinent pre-match information ahead of the mouthwatering fixture...

With the other Group D participants Galatasaray AS and RSC Anderlecht considered outsiders to reach the knockout rounds of the competition, Tuesday’s clash could potentially play a big part in determining which of the two favourites will top the standings and therefore have - in theory at least - an easier opponent in the Round of 16.

Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, Nuri Sahin, Ilkay Gündogan and Jakub Blaszczykowski are all in various stages of recovery from injury and will play no part. is therefore set to start once again, although he is lacking fitness so probably won’t last the full 90 minutes. is likely to begin up front after scoring against Freiburg on Saturday.

The visitors have plenty of plenty of familiar faces for Bundesliga fans, with Per Mertesacker, Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski (pictured) and former BVB star Tomas Rosicky in the squad to face Jürgen Klopp's ensemble. Arsenal strengthened over the summer by bringing in Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Mathieu Debuchy, although the latter has been ruled out with ankle injury.

Who else but Kagawa? The Japanese international marked his return to Dortmund in style with a strong performance that he crowned with a fine goal. And in the continued absence of fellow creative influences Reus, Blaszczykowski and Gündogan, the 25-year-old’s presence in the No10 position will be crucial to BVB picking up an important three points.

The visitors’ chief dangerman used to play for Dortmund's bitter local rivals Schalke: Mesut Özil. The skilful playmaker has a wealth of Champions League experience and pulls the strings in the Gunners’ attack. Indeed, it was the 25-year-old whose deft pass into the box created the goal for Arsenal’s 1-0 victory in Dortmund last year.

: “We’re definitely improving at the moment, but Arsenal will no doubt be a bigger hurdle to overcome than Freiburg.”

Jack Wilshire: "It's a tough game and we go there first this time, so the hardest match of the group will be the first one. We can put a marker down in that game."

Dortmund haven’t consistently been at their sparkling best this season but nevertheless come into the game on the back of two consecutive Bundesliga victories, a 3-2 triumph over Augsburg, and Saturday’s win against Freiburg. Arsenal are seventh in the Premier League standings having won one and drawn three of their domestic fixtures so far, most recently a 2-2 draw at home to Manchester City.

The sides' most recent meeting was at the same stage of the competition last season. Dortmund won 2-1 away in London but Arsenal exacted revenge at the Signal Iduna Park with a 1-0 victory. In the 2011/12 campaign the teams drew 1-1 in Dortmund before the English side recorded a 2-1 home win in the return fixture.

Check out the highlights of Shinji Kagawa's return in a Dortmund shirt courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel: