Posted on September 16, 2014 by ADMIN

Dortmund v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal Preview, Predicted line up and score line by KJ

The start of this season has been pretty tough with us having already played Everton and Manchester City as well as two crucial Champions League qualifier games. And it won’t let up either with a vital game against Dortmund in Germany for us to start our Champions League campaign.

Fortunately for us, they are suffering a multitude of injuries including the likes of Reus, Gundogan, Hummels etc. But we have injury worries for ourselves with Debuchy out until December and now it seems like Chambers won’t make the game after coming down with a virus. We now have to start the inexperienced Spaniard, Hector Bellerin in a vital Champions League game against the second best team in Germany who are renowned for applying immense pressure to the opposition at home.

Even though Dortmund are an extremely tough team, they are without key players and I expect us to cause them a lot of problems all over the pitch. We should be able to hurt them offensively with the likes of Sanchez and Welbeck. Hopefully Mesut will finally pick up his performances and I expect him to be up for a match against German opposition.

Predicted Line up:
Szczesny
Bellerin – Mertesacker – Koscielny – Gibbs
Arteta
Sanchez – Ramsey – Wilshere – Özil
Welbeck

Szczesny wasn’t at his best against City I felt and will need to improve his distribution for this game. He can’t afford to slip up with Ospina ready to pounce.

Wilshere will hopefully continue his amazing form into this game. This is the big test for him. Can he continue what he did against City in consecutive games against one of the top oppositions in Europe?

I expect Welbeck to have a slightly better game and hopefully as he gets more familiar with the team, his performances should improve.

This is going to be difficult but I expect us to give Dortmund a lot of trouble. I can see this finishing 1 – 1 and that suits us perfectly.

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43 thoughts on “Dortmund v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

  1. Vlad

    Nacho is also out with a virus or something. That means that we’re stuck with Gibbs, and pray that he stays healthy. Chambers faces a late fitness test, and I imagine he will be available. However, we absolutely MUST revert back to 4-2-3-1 in order to bring the best out of Ozil, who’s our number 10, and should be played as one. Not only that, but having Flamini or Arteta by themselves protecting our backline is simply asking for trouble.

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    1. GOONSTER

      Why should we our team be built around a player that does nothing for it? You guys are just so funny..

      Why should the likes of Ramsey, Wilshere, Sanchez, etc who will fight and run their legs off for the team not be the ones our team is built around? Why does everything has to revolve around a liability of a player. How would the rest of the hard working players feel? They are working hard for the team but they are not appreciated while all the credit is reserved for some lazy player..

      You lot are funny.. smh

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      1. GOONSTER

        I say lets reward the fighters (Ramsey, Cazorla, Wilshere, Sanchez etc..), not players who don’t contribute anything to the team..

        Simples..

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        1. arse

          give it a rest didnt you say you were going to support ozil for the next few games

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      2. tnarl

        Please stop labeling Ozil a lazy player. He is who he is. Just accept him for the player he is!

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  2. rpk

    Huge game for Bellerin.. Hope he comes up good. We really need him. All the best.

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  3. uklongjohn1970@icloud.com

    We need bellern on the right and chambers as DM. Play ugly and win coz they think we are going to be same old arsenal. Play holding football then 30 min to go have them on the break

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  4. uklongjohn1970@icloud.com

    We need bellern on the right and chambers as DM. Play ugly and win coz they think we are going to be same old arsenal. Play holding football then 30 min to go have them on the break …..

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  5. No Giroud, I'm happy

    Who is better now, Cazrola or Ozil ?
    42m shouldn’t guarantee your position, it is only your performance. Stop saying let’s support Ozil until he find his form then why we don’t support Cazorla. For me “support” means support on pitch, but when the game finish every player should count his points and that’s only will guarantee his position next game.
    Fans need to be fair with all players, not only top rated players

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    1. No Giroud, I'm happy

      Regarding our defense, I’m afraid that Wenger will play our defenders even with them picking injuries (if happen) just to prove that he was not wrong when he didn’t sign backup and he can cope with 6 defenders all the season

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    2. Ks-Gunner

      Santi is a better winger then Ozil. Poldi is a better winger then Santi. Chamberlain a better winger then Poldi. Yet Wenger shows his middlefinger to anyone. Its not only Santi but players like Rosicky and such do deserve a go aswell.

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      1. No Giroud, I'm happy

        Yes totally agree, but even as AMF, and for the time being, I rate Santi and Rosicky more than Ozil (until he find his form). So Santi and Rosicky should start ahead of Ozil.
        Don’t get me wrong I like Ozil, but I also like our old guards Santi and Rosicky

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      2. Sacrificial_Pizza

        Damn. So you’re saying Poldi is a better Winger than Özil!? Someone should tell Jogi Löw. I would hate to see such a mistake ruin their world cup chance. Oh wait………..

        This is why you sit at home not getting paid to run a football team. You don’t know what you’re talking about at the end of the day.

        If Özil Hits for 3 assists tonight, who will you pick on next week? I guess we’ll see who is off tonight. You all hated Jack last week, now he’s a goddamn hero

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        1. Ks-Gunner

          In Arsenal system not. In Germanys yes. Why is it so hard for some peple to understand simple logic. By the way i am Mesuts nr 1 fan boy on this site. He is one of the 2 world class player we have, and i am happy to have him around.

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    3. GOONSTER

      All of a sudden some fans are now calling for us to get behind the under-performing Ozil.. But for the last few seasons Giroud, Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla, Monreal, etc have been getting no support or protection when they are out of form..

      Just Giroud, Wilshere, Arteta, Monreal, Cazorla whenever they have a bad game, let them try to have 3 bad games and all the Ozil fan boys are on their backs, drop Cazorla, Wilshere is overrated, Monreal is a league one player, Giroud is a championship player blah blah..

      But now that their Prince Ozil is in it, he has been terrible all last season, he had about 8 good games all last season, but we keep hearing, “Aww, Ozil is the best #10 in the world, he needs time, he needs quick players around him, he chose us when we were rubbish”.

      You might think he is playing for free at Arsenal. We paid £42 million for him and is our highest earning player on about £150,000 a week for crying out loud.. Stop that bullsh*t about he came to us in our most rubbish.

      He played in his so called best position last season and he did fck all in it..

      smh

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      1. juhislihis

        I think you just revealed what kind of a fan you are.

        When Ramsey and Wilshere were played on the wing and got slaughtered, I bet you were the first one here talking trash ’bout them. Now you are doing it with Özil.

        Everyone here thinks he’s been under performing, sure. Yet we don’t yap about him 4 days in a row like you do, most likely what you’ve done that with every single under performing player playing for us in the past.

        After I saw David Silva’s second season (compared to first) with City, I swore not to judge players based on their first season PL. This is the season I expect Özil to perform, but strangely he’s played on the wing now. All I want to see what can he do this season, playing CAM for what we (I suppose) bought him for.

        So give it a rest, eh?

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        1. Sacrificial_Pizza

          Thank you. That’s essentially 90% of the idiots on this site. Özil is under performing, but I’m not an idiot. I know what he is capable of, just hoping he can unlock it. Saying he was terrible all of last year is just a dumb thing to say and shows this guy knows nothing about football anyways. His opinion shouldn’t count

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      1. Sacrificial_Pizza

        Yeah. They said the same thing about Walcott, Ramsey, and just last week Wilshire. Those guys all turned out pretty terrible

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  6. Ks-Gunner

    Oh, nooo, not this line up again. Sigh ,Wenger, give Santi, Poldi and Rosicky a chance to play and bench Ozil, Ramsey or Wilsher ( they simple dont complete each other). A draw is something i would be happy about it. 2:2 end result. Coyg. Wenger suX by the way

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    1. Brada b

      O aw dont kno what to say again smh, AFC please step up to the plate against BD wit the def we got & I think aw did the right ting by droppin #11. COYG

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    2. GOONSTER

      Ramsey might be playing bad but he at least scores and creates crucial assists.. I would rather him and Wilshere and Cazorla played even if they are out of form, at least they will show some fight and passion..

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      1. Ks-Gunner

        No, he did nothing. What he did was to be lucky enough to be right in the right place and in the right time to score these tap ins. His playing very poor.

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  7. andyarsenal05

    Kinda want us too try a new formation of 4-1-2-1-2

    Szczesny
    Bellerin – Mertesacker – Koscielny – Gibbs
    Arteta/Flamini
    Wilshere – Ramsey
    Ozil
    Sanchez – Welbeck

    With this Ozil gets too play as no. 10 and we still have Wilshere and Ramsey bossing the midfield.

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      1. andyarsenal05

        We have width from our full backs. And seriously in the past games we hardly had width.Our width players keep going central.

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    1. Budd

      This can work only against Dortmund, a team not packing the middle. But it should be dropped immediately after we return to England.

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  8. Tidan2

    Put Cazorla in on the LW and then sub him if he is bad for Campbell or Podolski, Sub Ozil in for Wilshere if we aren’t ahead by the 60th minute.

    Bellerin and Sanchez on one side will be a nightmare for their defenders but they both work hard so I still feel defensively confident on that side.

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    1. Wonder

      Stop talking about substitution because Wenger is to afraid to make one! I was really hurt last night where even Alladyce was making those tactical changes! No wonder why players are refusing to come to Arsenal when they are not assured of a 1st team chance because he will play the same players again and again until injured or red-carded!

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  9. ruelando

    Would love to see Cazorla in the position behind the striker, but more than likely ozil will get the run, it is left to see if he will use the ridiculous formation to allow wilshere and ramsay to play, actually think we will win whoever plays. though

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  10. leo

    Thierry Henry the 4th most valuable player in Champions League history

    Subotic: “We are already great friends with Arsenal – It feels like we play them twice every year.”

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    1. RSH

      at this point we are essentially a Bundesliga side to Dortmund. Every year we face them twice home and away lol

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  11. Sumo

    1-1.
    I mean seriously KJ?
    Atleast if you are predicting. Predict big.
    3-0 to The Gunners.
    😉
    Danny boy to score a hattrick.

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  12. mohawk

    This was written by KJ. My internal idiot detector would not allow me to actually read the article.

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  13. HA559

    Olivier Giroud was offside more than any other player in the champions league last season.

    Source uefa.com statistics for 2013/14

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  14. GOONSTER

    I just heard that they are missing Gundogan, Sahin, Hummels, Reus, Sokratis, Błaszczykowski..

    So we should not be crying about injuries.. They are missing their best players and we are not..

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  15. Oga@dtop

    High tempo game.

    I wish Rosicky, Ox and Poldi are given a run in the game @ least for twenty minutes if they can’t start because of the favoured ones.

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  16. Simon_MrMac

    Think our best for of defines is to attack tonight – given our defines absentees
    I fear we might concede a goal, but with speed and fire-power i hope we can still get the win

    COYG!

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