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Team News: Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The mighty Gunners are back in action in the Champions League this evening as we attempt to secure qualification to the knockout stages for the 373rd year running.

Borrusia Dortmund are tonight`s visitors to Ashburton Grove, and after narrowly avoiding defeat in Germany, the Bundesliga Giants will have their work cut out tonight to avoid elimination.

That`s not to say it`s going to be an easy game, far from it, but Arsenal are very strong at home in Europe, especially against Non-English teams. Indeed a solitary point would see us through and Leave Dortmund with a nigh on impossible task.

Arsene Wenger`s side remains unchanged from the team that beat Norwich last Saturday with Laurent Koscielny still occupying the right back position in place of injured Carl Jenkinson and Bacary Sagna.

Abou Diaby makes a long awaited return and is on the bench.


13 Szczesny
04 Mertesacker
05 Vermaelen
06 Koscielny
11 Santos
08 Arteta
14 Walcott
16 Ramsey
17 Song
10 Van Persie
27 Gervinho

21 Fabianski
20 Djourou
02 Diaby
23 Arshavin
26 Frimpong
30 Benayoun
29 Chamakh

Borussia Dortmund
01 Weidenfeller
15 Hummels
27 Felipe Santana
29 Schmelzer
05 Kehl
22 Bender
23 Kagawa
09 Lewandowski
11 Gotze
19 Grosskreutz
26 Piszczek

20 Langerak
25 Owomoyela
07 Moritz Leitner
16 Blaszczykowski
21 Gundogan
44 Perisic
18 Barrios

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 23 2011

Time: 7:26PM

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SONG SONG SONG SONG!!!! Messi stylin`
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23/11/2011 20:54:00

Alex Song is playing a blinder here!!!
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23/11/2011 21:11:00

as usual, the goal is made by the team, and scored by Van persie. Song man of the match.
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23/11/2011 21:40:00

Massive result, spoilt a bit by the goal conceded at the death. Song was superb, clearly man of the match. I'm happy with the composure of this team - Dortmund were much better initially but Arsenal played out that part of the game, and got back in.
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23/11/2011 21:45:00

Who would've thought this a few months ago? Great turn around.Now to enjoy Utd,City and Chelsea all crash out
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23/11/2011 21:46:00

Alot better from The Arsenal in the 2nd Half. Shame about not keeping a Clean Sheet! Wow What can you say about RvP! Get work from Song So Happy that We've Topped our Group, Brilliant! Come on The Arsenal!!!!
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23/11/2011 21:47:00

Brilliant. Exactly what we asked of them and the team delivered. How GLORIOUS would it be if Arsenal were the only English team to get out of the Group Stages? That'd be a nice bit of "karma" wouldn't it?
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23/11/2011 21:53:00

Great performance. We started off pretty shakey, but Dortmund aren't the German champions for nothing. A bit disapointed not to keep a clean sheet, but nevermind, we're through, but more importantly, we're through top with a game to spare.
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23/11/2011 22:00:00

I'm interested in this whole Koscielny-at-right-back thing. I know it's an injury-enforced situation, but it's interesting to note such a defender really takes a lot of pressure off the CBs, as well as giving Walcott a bit more confidence. Reminds me of our back 5 with Lee Dixon and all his endeavor in that position.
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23/11/2011 22:26:00

And it's odd given our reputation for being an attacking side with a leaky defense, but if I was to entertain this rather childish game of listing our 'world class' players (and I will) I think I'd list Koscielny, Vermaelen, Sagna, Song, Wilshere - none of whom are particularly attack-minded - and van Persie (with Szczesny getting there quickly). One world-class goal-scorer perhaps, but we've got an abundance of quality further behind him.
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23/11/2011 22:33:00

Great to see we're through to the next round as group winners with a game left to play. Haven't been following the other results - anyone know how the other PL teams are doing in their groups?
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23/11/2011 23:42:00

i could never imagine song could do a c. ronaldo!
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24/11/2011 00:47:00

Chelski joint second and need win or 0-0 at home to Valencia to qualify as RU. Citeh 3rd and have to beat Bayern and hope Napoli can't beat group whipping boys Villareal to qualify RU. Also United need a draw to qualify- can still be Group winners.
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24/11/2011 01:13:00

Start was very shaky, the boys looked a bit tired (Ramsey and Arteta in particular) - lot of messy stray passes. Got back into it well and was comftable in the end. Good to mention that even when we were under the pump our defense never let them have a decent shot on goal.
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24/11/2011 01:57:00

Have been very impressed with Dortmund over the two fixtures, they just lack the final ball and an RVP thankfully. After we got through the 1st frenetic fifteen minutes or so unscathed we looked very solid tonight in all depts. Despite the Germans harrying relentlessly I always felt we could profit as the game wore on. A very savvy experienced CL performance against a classy side. If we can keep this 11 fit then we have a good chance against most opposition. A lot of rightful praise for Song (still likes a dawdle in possession though!) but Santos was worthy of a mention and showed some nice skills tonight too.
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24/11/2011 04:00:00

Just for Amos a big smile mate when all the world were losing theirs hmmm.
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24/11/2011 11:31:00

Why don't I believe you, Amos :-)
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24/11/2011 18:09:00


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