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Preview: Dortmund v Arsenal

Jürgen Klopp expects a tough start to Borussia Dortmund's Group D campaign as Arsenal FC arrive at a ground where they won 1-0 at in last season's competition.

Preview: Dortmund v Arsenal
Preview: Dortmund v Arsenal ©UEFA.com

Arsenal aiming to repeat last season's group stage victory in Dortmund
BVB's Jürgen Klopp to send out his side with aggressive approach in group opener
• Arsène Wenger confirms Mathieu Debuchy ankle injury
Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, Jakub Błaszczykowski on Dortmund injury list
Arsenal undefeated so far this season

Possible lineups
Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotić, Papastathopoulos, Durm; Bender, Kehl; Mkhitaryan, Kagawa, Grosskreutz; Ramos.
Out: Oliver Kirch (thigh), İlkay Gündoğan (back), Nuri Şahin (knee), Marco Reus (ankle), Jakub Błaszczykowski (muscle tear), Mats Hummels (muscle)

Arsenal: Szczęsny; Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Flamini, Wilshere; Alexis, Ramsey, Özil; Welbeck.
Out: Mathieu Debuchy (ankle), Nacho Monreal (back), Yaya Sanogo (hamstring), Serge Gnabry (thigh), Olivier Giroud (ankle)

Jürgen Klopp, Dortmund coach
Arsenal have a lot of new players in their squad. They have bought a lot of quality with players like Alexis Sánchez and Danny Welbeck. Arsenal did a very good job during the transfer window. They have stability and are able to play defensively now. Furthermore they have a lot of quality in the centre of midfield.

If you watched Arsenal here last year you will have noticed that they are very strong in defence with a good transition game. But we are not thinking about our previous matches against Arsenal. We draw conclusions from their last Premier League matches.

The Champions League begins now and it will be a tough start. We want to be as aggressive as we can. We have to concentrate on the main attributes you need when playing football. Then we will have to be tactically clever to nullify their way of playing. After doing that we can bring our own skills to the table. That will be a hard job for us tomorrow.

Arsenal training on Monday
Arsenal training on Monday©Getty Images

Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager
I have great respect for Mr Klopp. He rose up very quickly in his career and inspired Dortmund. What does he do better than me? Maybe a lot of things. But I love to see his team playing dynamic and attractive football. I like it.

In defence we of course have the Mathieu Debuchy injury, but I don't feel we are stretched. The Debuchy injury put us in a position where we do not want more and hopefully we have good news after the scan today that he can be back soon. We have [Calum] Chambers who can play in different positions and Héctor Bellerín, who I think now is ready to play.

Bellerín is a boy with personality. He's not fazed by the pressure. That's important when you're a young boy. His transitional game is fantastic. He's quick and his final ball is good. He lacks a bit of experience but he's very dangerous.

Weekend results
Dortmund 3-1 SC Freiburg (Ramos 34, Kagawa 41, Aubameyang 78; Sorg 90)
Arsenal 2-2 Manchester City FC (Wilshere 63, Alexis Sánchez 74; Agüero 28, Demichelis 83)

Form guide (all competitions)
Dortmund: WWLWW
Arsenal: DDWDDW

Match facts
• What was the score in Dortmund when the teams met in the group stage last season? Find out in our extensive match background.