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Monday, September 15, 2014


Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal - Competition: UEFA Champions League

Borussia Dortmund meet Arsenal once again in the CL group stages. Last season they topped the group but only on goal differential after they tied on points with Arsenal and Napoli. They welcome the Gunners to Germany once again where they actually fell in defeat 1:0 back in 2013, so expect the Yellow Wall to be louder than ever as they seek revenge. However, brilliant tactician Jurgen Klopp will have to deal with a lengthy injury list once again, which was made even longer over the international break as Marco Reus will make another trip to the medical room. Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan will greet him there, but both are close to returning to action with the latter already back in training. However, he has admitted himself that he won’t be ready for Tuesday’s clash. But good news does come in the form of Shinji Kagawa, who put an immediate stamp on proceedings over the weekend with a goal against Freiburg in his first action since returning to Germany, and the creative Japanese midfielder will get the start here once again. The Yellow-Blacks did lose their opening match of the Bundesliga season at home but have also won all 4 of their other competitive matches.
Arsenal team travel to Germany once again in their Champions League kickoff hoping to replicate last year’s victory over the hosts. But they will hardly come up against a similar team, as the Yellow-Blacks have seen the departure of Robert Lewandowski and have an extensive injury list to cope with. The Gunners will be confident of securing a victory, although they have only won 3 of their 7 competitive matches so far. The other results ended on level terms, as Arsene Wenger’s men remain unconquered this season. Last time out saw them pick a solid 2:2 draw against Premier League champions Manchester City, though they’ll admittedly be kicking themselves for blowing a late lead. Yet again their Achilles heel was a set piece, as Demichelis scored from a corner kick after being left inexcusably wide open. But the Citizens are a dangerous team, and Borussia Dortmund have problems with so many injuries. Alexis Sanchez is in red-hot form and he appears to be the real deal with his tireless work rate. Also, Jack Wilshere is slowly re-finding the form that had the critics raving for so many years and he could cause the Black-Yellows some serious problems in the center of the park. However, the hosts aren’t often conquered at home, and this match will be a real battle.

Borussia Dortmund last 5 matches:
13/08/14 Borussia D 2 – 0 Bayern Munchen
16/08/14 Stuttgarter Kickers 1 – 4 Borussia D
23/08/14 Borussia D 0 – 2 Bayer Leverkusen
29/08/14 Augsburg 2 – 3 Borussia Dortmund
13/09/14 Borussia Dortmund 3 – 1 Freiburg

Arsenal last 5 matches:
19/08/14 Besiktas 0 – 0 Arsenal
23/08/14 Everton 2 – 2 Arsenal
27/08/14 Arsenal 1 – 0 Besiktas
31/08/14 Leicester City 1 – 1 Arsenal
13/09/14 Arsenal 2 – 2 Manchester City

Match date: 16 September 2014 - Kick Off Time: 19:45 BST
Venue: Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund 

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]




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