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Match facts: Arsenal v Dortmund

Published: Saturday 19 October 2013, 2.45CET
Match facts: Arsenal v Dortmund
Aaron Ramsey has been in fine fettle ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Saturday 19 October 2013, 2.45CET

Match facts: Arsenal v Dortmund

Arsenal

UEFA milestones and competition statistics
• This is Arsenal's 16th successive UEFA Champions League campaign.

General information
• Santi Cazorla (ankle, out since 1 September) and Bacary Sagna (hamstring, 1 October) returned on Saturday as Arsenal beat Norwich City FC 4-1. Mathieu Flamini went off before half-time after a clash of heads.

• Arsenal have collected more points (59) and wins (18) in the Premier League in 2013 than any other side.

• Aaron Ramsey has scored nine goals in 12 games for Arsenal this season (and two in four for Wales); he managed five in 91 club appearances in the previous two campaigns.

• Arsenal's ten-match winning run ended with a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion FC on 6 October, though the London side needed penalties to edge out West Brom in the League Cup 11 days earlier. Before the West Brom draw, Arsenal had won a club record equalling eight successive Premier League away games.

• Theo Walcott has not played since having surgery on his abdomen on 25 September. Abou Diaby has been sidelined since March with a knee injury; Lukas Podolski (hamstring) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) are also out.

International duty
• Thirteen Arsenal players were on senior international duty last week: Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs (England), Mesut Özil, Per Mertesacker (Germany), Nacho Monreal (Spain), Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium), Ramsey (Wales), Wojciech Szczęsny, Łukasz Fabiański (Poland), Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny (France), Nicklas Bendtner (Denmark), Emmanuel Frimpong (Ghana).

• Özil scored as a Germany team also including Mertesacker beat the Republic of Ireland 3-0 on 11 October to seal a FIFA World Cup place. He was on target again four days later – on his 25th birthday – in a 5-3 victory over Sweden.

• Wilshere and Szczęsny (England 2-0 Poland) and Ramsey and Vermaelen (Belgium 1-1 Wales) faced each other last Tuesday, Ramsey scoring a late equaliser against a Belgium side that had already sealed a spot at Brazil 2014.

• Bendtner scored twice in Denmark's 2-2 draw with Italy on 11 October, Giroud matching that personal tally in France's 6-0 friendly victory over Australia.

Dortmund

UEFA milestones and competition statistics
• Jürgen Klopp serves the second of his two-match touchline ban but Roman Weidenfeller is available after serving his suspension on matchday two following his red card at SSC Napoli.

General information
• Marcel Schmelzer (thigh) was an unused substitute on Saturday and Sven Bender (groin, back), Marco Reus (ankle) and Nuri Şahin (ankle) all returned following knocks in a 1-0 win against Hannover 96.

• Mats Hummels was sent off as Dortmund suffered their first league defeat of the season on 5 October, going down 2-0 at VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach. Sokratis Papastathopoulos missed the game with an adductor strain. Dortmund had broken the deadlock in a club record 15 successive league outings before then.

• Sebastian Kehl has been out since suffering an ankle ligament injury in training on 15 September. Łukasz Piszczek, out until at least the end of November, had hip and groin surgery during the summer. İlkay Gündoğan has been sidelined since mid-August due to compression of the spine.

• Dortmund began the season with four successive Bundesliga wins for the first time since 2001/02, when they went on to secure the title. They stretched the winning start to five, a club record, before a 1-1 draw at 1. FC Nürnberg.

International duty
• Six Dortmund players were on senior duty during the international break: Hummels (Germany), Jakub Błaszczykowski, Robert Lewandowski (Poland), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia), Papastathopoulos (Greece), Mitchell Langerak (Australia). Bender, Reus and Nuri Şahin (ankle) all pulled out through injury.

• Hummels started as Germany, already through to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, won 5-3 against Sweden last Tuesday. Mkhitaryan scored Armenia's second goal in a 2-2 draw with Italy in Naples.

• Langerak, who has not been breached in five Dortmund appearances this term, conceded six goals on his debut for Australia on 11 October. Olivier Giroud scored twice in a 6-0 friendly win for France in Paris.

Last updated: 20/10/13 21.48CET

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