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Stuart Dalgleish 22nd Nov 2011 - 20:55

It won’t be a Bor draw!

Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund preview  - 19:45 live on Sky Sports 2

Arsenal (11/10) can qualify for the knockout stage of the Champions League with a win over Borussia Dortmund (5/2, draw 23/10).

The Gunners, thanks to the exploits of Robin van Persie (9/2 first goal), have got on a good run of late and this could turn into a great season after all.

The Dutch genius is one of the hottest properties in Europe at the minute; he's scored 14 of Arsenal's 29 goals in the Premier League and the Champions League, and has 31 league goals in the calendar year, quite phenomenal.

After seeing Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri depart during the summer, Arsene Wenger will be desperate to sign his skipper to a long-term contract.

Another signing that Wenger is supposedly keen to complete is that of Dortmund's Mario Gotze (12/1), the German playmaker is Dortmund's key asset and several teams will have been monitoring his fine form this season.

Gotze scored the only goal at the Allianz Arena at the weekend as Dortmund stunned Bayern Munich to move within two points of them at the top of the Bundesliga.

That win for the Black Yellows was their sixth in their last seven league games, but they've only won one of their last three CL games and look likely to miss out on the last 16 if they don't pick up anything from their visit to the Emirates.

It should in theory mean that we see a great, open attacking game in North London, the hosts will want to make sure they're safely through with a game to spare, while Dortmund have to go for it.

Over 2.5 goals is a good bet at 4/5, but the value could be on over 3.5 at 9/4, the Germans have been smashing in the goals and they won't be afraid to go toe-to-toe with Arsenal.

Dortmund have a few players who will be desperate to score against their mate Wojciech Szczesny between the Arsenal sticks, Poland internationals Jakub Blaszczykowski (16/1), Robert Lewandowski (8/1) and Lukasz Piszczek (25/1) should all line-up for the visitors and Lewandowski in particular has been on form with 12 goals so far this season, he'll attract interest at 11/4 for an anytime goalscorer bet.

It's difficult to look beyond Van Persie for anyone scoring for Arsenal at the minute though; the striker is a cracking bet at 7/1 to get the opener in an Arsenal win.

The Gunners will welcome Abou Diaby back, but former Dortmund player Thomas Rosicky won't line-up against his former employers as he's out with a thigh injury.

Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson are casualties at the back for Wenger's men.



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