Arsene Wenger is confident that his side can get a positive result when they face Borussia Dortmund this evening, but has stressed that they must keep danger man Robert Lewandowski off the ball.
Arsenal travel to Germany to face last year’s runners-up in a Champions League clash, which could go a significant way to deciding who progresses to the knockout stages as winners of Group F.
The Gunners, Dortmund and Rafael Benitez’s Italian side Napoli are all level on six points meaning a defeat could spell disaster for either side.
Omens are against the Premier League leaders though – no English club has ever won at the Westfalenstadion before.
But Wenger was optimistic during his pre-match press conference, telling reporters: “Dortmund are a good side, but we have played everywhere in Europe and we always have the same approach, and we will be like that again.
“We want to control the game and we want to have the ball, that’s the best way to keep them quiet.”
Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for the man in the opposing dugout earlier in the week, claiming that the he should be knighted as Sir Arsene Wenger.
He also likened Arsenal’s style of football to a piece of classic music in contrast to his own side’s “heavy metal”.
It was Borussia’s smash and grab approach that saw Lewandowski – the centre of ongoing transfer speculation having been linked to the majority of Europe’s top clubs – score the winner at the Emirates two weeks ago.
And Wenger is wary that he will have to keep the Polish striker at bay if Arsenal are to have any kind of success tonight.
“If we leave the ball to Dortmund a player like Lewandowski will be dangerous,” said the Frenchman. “We will try to control the game and to have the ball – that’s the best way to keep him quiet.”
Other potential danger men for Arsenal to look out for include Lewandowski’s international teammate Jakub Blaszczykowski and Marco Reus who scored in his side’s 6-1 thrashing of VfB Stuttgart at the weekend.
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