Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Champions League match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Champions League fixture at the Emirates Stadium

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The Independent Online

Arsenal will be hoping to secure their progression into the next round of the Champions League against their German opponents, knowing they need just a point to qualify.

Defeat at the Emirates may result in the Gunners having to secure a point in their final game away to Galatasary if Anderlecht win their group game against the Turkish side.

Dortmund have already secured their place in the knockout stages with a 4-1 win over Galatasaray last time out but will be hoping to progress as group leaders.  Despite winning all four of their group games in Europe, a torrid start to the Bundesliga sees them currently third bottom, with just 11 points from 12 games and an incredible 19 points between them and leaders Bayern Munich.

Arsenal’s domestic title challenge hasn’t had the greatest start either, with the Gunners currently sitting eighth having suffered a disappointing loss at home to Manchester United on Saturday.

Both sides will be hoping to banish their league woes with a confident progression into the knockout stages of the Champions League.

KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Borussia Dortmund 2 (Immobile, Aubameyang) Arsenal 0, Champions League, September 2014

Borussia Dortmund 0 Arsenal 1 (Ramsey), Champions League, November 2013

Arsenal 1 (Giroud) Borussia Dortmund 2 (Mkhitaryan, Lewandowski), Champions League, October 2013

STATS…

Dortmund have scored 13 goals and conceded just one in their opening four Champions League games.

Arsenal have received six yellow cards in the Champions League this season, Dortmund have received only one.

Arsenal are yet to keep a clean sheet in the Champions League while Dortmund have kept three clean sheets in their last four games.

Mikel Arteta currently holds the second highest pass accuracy (94%) in Europe’s top five domestic leagues.

ODDS…

Arsenal to win: 1.45

Dortmund to win:  2.0

Draw: 2.5

TV: Highlights on ITV1 at 10.40pm

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