Thankfully for Arsenal, our Champions League opponents on Wednesday are doing even worse than the Gunners are in their domestic league. After a damaging and disappointing home defeat by Man United, Arsene Wenger will struggle to get his players into any positive sort of mood for the visit of the German club Borussia Dortmund, but at least they will not be feeling too great themselves.
Already missing some key players, including the Arsenal transfer target and their best centre back Mats Hummels, their star forward Marco Reus had to replaced yesterday after picking up an ankle injury that will almost cewrtainly see him miss the game at the Emirates.
Jurgen Klopp and his team suffered another poor result in the Bundesliga this weekend, with just a draw against newly promoted Paderborn. And that leaves them just two points off rock bottom with the three teams below them all playing today.
But they have been much better in the Champions League, including a comfortable win over Arsenal in Germany, and have already qualified for the knockout phase. Hopefully that might help us, because we need just a point to qualify as well but a defeat could leave us needing something from a tricky trip to Istanbul to face Galatasaray in the last group game. And would you be confident in that situation, with the way we are playing right now?
Dortmund have a tough away game at Frankfurt next weekend and Klopp may well see that game as a big priority, especially without two of his best players. And let’s face it Gooners, we need all the help we can get at the minute.