Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund: Match Preview

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Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund
UEFA Champions League;
Emirates Stadium;
Weds, 23rd Nov; 2011; KO: 1945


Arsenal will be without Thomas Rosicky, Carl Jenkinson and Bacary Sagna for the visit of the Bundesliga champions, although Abou Diaby and Laurent Koscielny are back in contention.

Ryo Miyaichi, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs are long-term absentees.

Dortmund have a full-strength squad at their disposal, although Japanese international Shinji Kagawa is struggling with toothache.

RVP playing team game

Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has been quick to praise his teammates for his fine run of form at the Emirates this term.

The Dutchman has scored ten goals in his last five Barclays Premier League outings, proving instrumental in the side's run of form that moved the Gunners seventh in the table.

And, whilst Van Persie continues to take the plaudits in north London, he insists that the players around him have been key to his run in-front of goal.

Van Persie said: “Theo has given me more assists than anyone else this year. I’ve certainly noticed it and that’s why I really liked the fact that he gave me the ball for my 100th goal – it was meant to be!

"I look back at my first goal against Chelsea and don’t really feel that it’s mine - it’s 95 per cent down to Gervinho.

"And my first goal against Norwich was 90 per cent Theo’s – a fantastic first touch, great pace, good cross and bang, I tap it in. OK, it goes in my name, but that’s a tiny part of the story. I do appreciate that, and hopefully I can give him and all the other guys just as much back.


“Don’t forget Aaron. He was a bit unlucky against Norwich as he should probably have been passed to on a couple of occasions when he’d shown great movement to get into good positions."

Tonight's clash will give Arsenal fans a chance to look closer at playmaker Mario Gotze, with the German starlet reported to be on Arsene Wenger's January transfer radar.

A point would all-but assure the Gunners place in the last 16 of the competition, although victory is needed to maintain the side's place in pole position to win Group F.

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