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Author Name: Steven Griffiths
Arsenal take on Dortmund in crucial Champions League clash
Arsene Wenger's side need a draw against Group D leaders Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium to be sure of joining the German club in the knockout stages of Europe's elite club competition. A defeat could leave Arsenal needing a result in their final fixture - in an extremely hostile environment at Galatasaray - to avoid being eliminated at the group stage for the first time in 15 seasons. Given Dortmund have already beaten Arsenal 2-0 in the group stages this year and won 2-1 at the Emirates at the same stage last term, there is every reason for Arteta and company to be concerned - especially since Arsenal's 2-1 home defeat against United on Saturday condemned the team to their worst start to a season since 1982. Arsenal's failure to convert a series of chances to kill off United was a major frustration, but Spanish midfielder Arteta is confident they will make amends against Dortmund. There were signs of a growing discontent among some Arsenal fans after their second successive defeat in a season which has seen them collect only four Premier League wins, while they squandered a three-goal lead in a 3-3 draw against Anderlecht in their previous European fixture. "We are all ready to bounce back against Dortmund on Wednesday and hopefully get a place in the last 16.". To make matters worse, Dortmund will be without Marco Reus until the new year after the forward suffered ankle ligament damage against Paderborn. Szczesny maintains Arsenal should not read too much into Dortmund's sluggish form.

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