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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is expecting a tough encounter against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday but is hoping for a victory that can kick-start their season.

The Gunners endured a tough start to the campaign as they battled to deal with a number of injuries, suspensions and personnel changes. Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy were amongst those that left for pastures new, while a plethora of players joined late in the summer transfer window.

Arsenal travel to Germany on the back of their first Premier League win of the season - Saturday's 1-0 victory against Swansea - and Wenger said: "For us, it is important to get consistency because that is the first sign of quality for a team."

He added: "Therefore, it is just adding results to results and that is what we are striving for.

"In the Champions League, we had to qualify against a difficult team. After, we were of course destabilised by the fact we got our team very late together."

New signings Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker, Yossi Benayoun, Andre Santos and Park Chu-young have all been included in the 18-man squad for Tuesday's match, although they will be without several key players.

Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Thomas Vermaelen are amongst those ruled out to play a team that Wenger believes is cut from the same cloth as his.

"I have a lot of respect for the team," he said of Dortmund. "They play very fast, very offence very similar to Arsenal. It will be a good match. We will play offensively, they will play offensively so it will be a very attractive match.

"Dortmund have very good technical qualities, they are well organised. Although they have not started the season well, they will be confident for the match and they will give everything in the first 20 minutes.

"With the fans behind them, it will be a very attractive match. Football in Germany is in a good way. They play good football in Germany, especially here in Dortmund."

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