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Arsenal, Dortmund in Good Form Ahead of UCL Clash

  • Reuters, Tuesday, November 5, 2013 12:02 PM
Arsenal is in the middle of a crucial three-game stretch that sees it travel to Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday to take on Borussia Dortmund, but Gunners coach Arsene Wenger believes his team couldn’t be better prepared after coming off a 2-0 win against title challenger Liverpool on Saturday. "That is as well as we have played all season,” the Frenchman remarked. "People have been skeptical about us so far this season but [Saturday’s game] will increase our confidence and get the fans right behind us."

Of course, Dortmund is also in fine form, having thrashed Stuttgart 6-1 in the Bundesliga on Friday. The German giant also beat Arsenal 2-1 the last time the two teams met at the Emirates two weeks ago, leaving Dortmund, Napoli and the Gunners tied at the top of UEFA Champions League Group F with six points after three games.

"[Wenger] is really something. He is Sir Arsene Wenger," Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp said ahead of Wednesday’s match. "But he likes having the ball, playing football, passing it. It is like an orchestra but it is a quiet song. I prefer heavy metal. I always want it loud. I like Arsenal's philosophy but I cannot coach it, I am a different guy.”

Wenger will definitely be without Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and defender Cory Gibbs for the trip to Dortmund, while Mathieu Flamini is also a doubt. For Klopp, Ilkay Gundogan, Sebastien Kehl and Lukasz Piszczek will all be missing.

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