Gunners Have Germans In Their Sights

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Aaron Ramsey scored again at the weekend. Image courtesy of Getty Images
Last campaign German side Schalke 04 ended Arsenal’s long unbeaten home run against teams from the continent in the Champions League; now it’s the Gunners’ turn to do the same to another team from the Bundesliga. Arsenal’s run against non-English opposition lasted nine years at home, and while Borussia Dortmund’s record isn’t quite as imposing, Jurgen Klopp’s team has still been dominant at Signal Iduna Park in recent times. Dortmund has won seven in a row there in the Champions League, seven straight to start this season, and to complete the stats, the club has never lost to English opposition in this competition.

Dortmund collected the three points in the first group stage clash between these teams last month with a 2-1 victory at Emirates Stadium, but Arsenal is one side which maintains its quality away from home. The side is unbeaten in its last 14 away matches and 12 of those have been wins. Germany has been a happy hunting ground for the London side as it has gone four visits there without defeat.

Both outfits come in to the clash with wins under their belt in their respective domestic competitions. Dortmund thrashed Stuttgart 6-1 at the weekend thanks to a hat-trick from Polish striker Robert Lewandowski while Arsenal overcame another form team, Liverpool, 2-0 , in the EPL.

Arsenal won’t have Theo Walcott (abdomen), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) and Abou Diaby (knee) for the trip. The home side will be without skipper Sebastian Kehl (ankle) while Ilkay Gundogan (back) and Lukasz Piszczek (groin) are also unavailable.

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