So here we go again, another chance to right a wrong, can't help but feel like I've said this a few times already this season even if most of those have been draws rather than defeats against a team that was against the ropes with no guard up yet we failed to deliver the knock out punch.
We are likely to face far tougher opposition tonight although the league table in Germany may not agree with that view.
It does make you wonder so many top teams are struggling for form this season. Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan etc all struggling to kick on from the previous campaign. It's hard to know why this is but we are certainly not the only team to be struggling for consistency.
While our opponents are having a nightmare domestically, the same cannot be said for their European ventures this season. So far they have an 100% record and have sailed into the knock out competition without breaking sweat. In week one they swarmed all over us and brushed us to one side. It will be interesting to see how we cope with what is likely to be a high tempo pressing game, but as I type that I wonder if they will approach the game differently knowing that they are safe. Playing that way takes a lot out of you physically so if I was in Klopp's shoes I'd want to conserve energy for the upcoming league game.
Arsenal on the other hand will more than likely want to take encouragement from the high tempo game we produced against Manchester United but this time with the old, ya know, putting the ball in the net thing as that is quite handy when it comes to the football.
I wouldn't be surprised to see a change or two. Hang on, I got this far without mentioning the return of Laurent Koscielny which I found somewhat surprising. Happy surprised of course. I thought it was only a few days ago when we were told there was no date scheduled for his return and here he is. Nacho Monreal has acquitted himself very well in the Frenchman's absence but Koscielny is one of our best players and on top of that I am hoping that his understanding with Per Mertesacker can lift the German's game. Hopefully we don't have to wait too long before Mathieu Debuchy is back alongside him on the right side of the Arsenal defence.
We will be missing a few players after Saturday. Jack Wilshere as we know will be out for a while with an ankle injury following a bad tackle from McNair. Szczesny who was on the receiving end of Fellaini's push on Gibbs is out short term and Oliver Giroud who came back with a bang is not included in Arsenal's Champions League squad because quite frankly when did an Arsenal player ever return early from injury?
Danny Welbeck either has a slight knock/pull or if he hasn't I think Arsène will have rotated him anyway. He has played a lot of minutes since joining Arsenal, not only for us but also for England. Yaya Sanogo has a few under 21 goals under his belt in recent weeks and is also pretty fresh so it would make sense to give him 70 minutes or so. I'd also like to see Rosicky given a rare start. I have to say, I feel for the guy. He's been given the cold shoulder this season and has dropped down the pecking order. I suspect Arsene would go with Cazorla but I'd love to see Tomas get his chance against his former side.
Mean Lean's Predicted Line Up
I guess the system we play will depend on how Arsène wants his team to deal with Dortmund's counter attacking and pressing game.
We only need a point to qualify for the knock outs but you can be sure that we will play to win. As said above, I am interested to see how Dortmund approach the game knowing they are home and dry. Arsène will be desperate for the team to reproduce the performance against Manchester United given just how difficult it's been to gain momentum this season.
Marco Reus misses another game at the Emirates. It is not the first time that injury has prevented him from starting or having to come off early. He will be a big miss for them but that said they coped pretty well without him when they beat us earlier this season so we really have to be at our best.
It should be a good game of football and hopefully we will qualify to take the pressure off the last game in Turkey.
Here is for a positive result and a clean bill of health.
Unfortunately we won't be able to record the post match Podcast tonight due to unavailability but we will have something up tomorrow late afternoon or early evening so check back then for that. I will have another Q&A after the game so head back tonight to read the post match reactions.