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Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere has been ruled out of the game against Borussia Dortmund with an ankle ligament injury Getty

Arsenal play hosts to Borussia Dortmund in the fifth game of the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League group stages.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 7:45pm GMT. Live coverage of the game will be available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.


Arsenal comes into this game on the back of some disappointing results in the Premier League. Despite dominating most of the game, they were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United at the weekend and prior to that they lost 2-1 to Swansea City.

However, the Champions League is looking a little rosy as the Gunners need just a point to qualify for the knockout phase for the 16<sup>th consecutive year. But they could have avoided this situation had they not thrown a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 against Anderlecht in the previous fixture. Now it is virtually an impossible task for the north London club to top the group.

Arsene Wenger will hope that his team can arrest the slump and get back to winning ways against a Borussia Dortmund team, who have been prolific in the Champions League but struggling for wins in the Bundesliga.

The French manager has got a host of injury problems and it further compounded over the weekend when, Jack WIlshere and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny limped off midway through the game, ruling them out of Wednesday's fixture. On a brighter note, defender Laurent Koscielny has returned to the squad and may play a part in the game against the Bundesliga club.

Marco Reus
Marco Reus' injury is a big blow to Borussia Dortmund ahead of the Arsenal clash Getty

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp will hope to continue the blistering form that has seen his team win all four of their matches in the group stages thus far and will hope they can seal top spot in the group at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

The German, whose team has struggled domestically, is hoping to carry on the good Champions League form into the Bundesliga, where Dortmund find themselves at 16<sup>th place, with just three wins from 12 games.

The Bundesliga outfit also has their share of injury troubles and recently lost star winger Marco Reus to ankle injury, which has ruled him out for at least two months.

What Managers Say

Arsene Wenger: "We know the rules of the game, we know how it works. What is important is how close we are together inside the club and how much we can respond to people who question our quality. I personally feel that there's a very strong bond inside the team and the club, and that this team will have a very strong season. I am ready to bet with you on that. I believe in what I do and I especially believe in my players, and in their quality and spirit. I question myself every day."

Jurgen Klopp: "In our situation, we need each game to get more stability and we have to use this game [against Arsenal] for the Bundesliga. We need stability, that is our big problem until now. If we can play very good, it will help us for the Bundesliga."

Betting Odds (

  • Arsenal Win: 7/5
  • Draw: 40/17
  • Dortmund Win: 39/19

Team News


  • Injured: Wilshere (ankle), Debuchy (ankle), Ospina (thigh), Özil (knee), Sanogo (thigh), Szczesny (hip), Walcott (groin).
  • Suspended: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A

Possible XI: Martinez; Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs; Flamini, Arteta; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez, Podolski; Welbeck.


  • Injured: Reus (ankle), Sven Bender (hip), Jakub Błaszczykowski (thigh), Mats Hummels (foot), Oliver Kirch (thigh), Nuri Şahin (knee) and Sokratis Papastathopoulos (leg).
  • Suspended: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A

Possible XI: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Ginter, Durm; Gundogan, Kehl; Mkhitaryan, Kagawa, Jojic; Aubameyang.