After a difficult few weeks for Arsene Wenger, the last thing the Arsenal boss need is a match-up with the man many believe should succeed him, Jurgen Klopp.
The north Londoners welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Emirates tonight and will know just a point will see them progress to the knockout stages.
The German side have been struggling in the Bundesliga with seven losses in their opening 12 games – leaving them in depths of 16th place. However, Kloop’s men have hit the ground running in Europe with four wins from four, including that impressive 2-0 victory over the Gunners in the reverse fixture.
"What is important is how close we are together inside the club and how much we can respond to people who question our quality” - Arsene Wenger
Even the most optimistic of Wenger supporters are beginning to doubt the Frenchman’s leadership at this stage.
The warning signs were ignited with a recent run of poor results against Manchester United, Swansea and the shocking 3-3 draw with Anderlecht in the last round of European fixtures. The Gunners’ manager is now calling on all fans to get behind the team again.
"What is important is how close we are together inside the club and how much we can respond to people who question our quality,” Wenger told the press on Tuesday.
"I personally feel that there is a very strong bond inside the team and the club, and that this team will have a very strong season, I believe in what I do and I especially believe in my players, and in their quality and spirit,” he added.
Arsenal will be without Olivier Giroud – who bizarrely was left out of the Gunners’ Champions League squad while he was injured.
Jack Wilshere is also excluded after picking up an ankle injury against Manchester United at the weekend.
There is some good news the Gunners with Laurent Koscielny now available for selection, having fully recovered from an Achilles problem.
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