Mertesacker wary on Dortmund threat

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Arsenal centre back Per Mertesacker spent little time dwelling on his debut at the Emirates, and instead turned his attentions to this week's Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund.

The German international helped his new side keep a clean sheet against Swansea City at the Emirates, with a 1-0 win helping Arsene Wenger's side get their season back on track after a disappointing start to the Barclays Premier League campaign.

With little chance to celebrate, the Gunners now travel to Signal Iduna Park for their first match in Group F, and Mertesacker is well aware of the threat posed by the Bundesliga champions after facing a rampant BVB last season with Werder Bremen.

"Dortmund were the best team in Germany last year, they do a good job passing the ball and have great players," said Mertesacker on his next opponent.

"It will be difficult for us but I know we have very good players and I'm confident we can get a result.

"Dortmund are the toughest opponent in our group, so we will be very happy if we can take something from this match."


After being linked with a string of defenders throughout the summer, Wenger turned to an experienced defensive campaigner in the shape of Mertesacker.

And the centre back doesn't lack confidence in his ability, setting high targets whilst in north London and committed to giving his all for Arsenal whilst with the club.

"I have a lot of experience but it is a new level for me to play in England although my targets and goals are high," he continued.

"One thing is for sure, I will give everything every time I put on the Arsenal shirt."

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