After being drawn in a the ‘Group of Death’, many critics have questioned Arsenal’s ability of qualifying from the group. However, two wins from two have seen the Gunners top the group in emphatic style. Next up is last year’s runner up, Borussia Dortmund.
Despite suffering a shock defeat in their first game, BVB responded by thrashing Marseille 3-0 with Robert Lewandowski having yet another excellent game. So how can Wenger’s men make it three wins out of three in the Champions League?
Arsenal are going to need some luck in their game, as both of Dortmund’s defeats this season (in all competitions) came when they had a player sent off. Some positive news for Arsenal is that Jurgen Klopp’s touchline ban has been extended, so he will be in the stands during the game.
One thing Arsenal need to look out for in this Tuesday’s game is set pieces. Half of Dortmund’s goals in the UCL have come from set pieces, and Marco Reus’s deadly free kicks is the reason why. Arsenal still haven’t sorted themselves out to defend set pieces as we’ve seen in the game against West Brom. Defending set pieces well could be crucial in getting the three points against BVB.
Napoli and Borussia Monchengladbach managed to beat Dortmund this season because of their non-stop attacking play. Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud and Ramsey will need to be at their best and keep the defenders busy throughout the game. Dortmund are also deadly in their counter-attacking play. Looking at their first goal against Marseille, Marco Reus, Mkhitaryan,
Aubameyang and Lewandowski all changed defensive play into counter attack in the matter of seconds. Arsenal need at least four defenders at the back whenever they go on attack.
Finally, Szczesny will also have to be in fine form on Tuesday night. Dortmund have created 18 chances in the two Champions League games, averaging a shot accuracy of 64%. Arsenal only created 13 chances, but they do have a better shot accuracy. Another impressive performance by Szczesny like the one against England is important.