Arsenal are looking to secure their place in the Champions League knockout stages with a good result in this match, whereas Borussia can still return to contention for the second place, but only if they win at Emirates.
Arsenal largely struggled to cope with departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri at the start to the season, but Arsene Wenger finally admitted his mistake and signed no less than four new players in the closing stages of the summer transfer window.
The new arrivals needed some time to acclimatize, just like players like Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott had to get used to taking more responsibility in the absence of Nasri and Fabregas.
Near the end of September, the Gunners finally hit the ground running and went on to win ten of next twelve games in all competitions.
Arsenal are now looking to continue the good run and clinch their place in the knockout stages with a win over Borussia, and they are 2.11 (10/9) with 188BET to do so.
Laurent Koscielny is likely to continue at right back in the absence of Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson, whereas Andrei Arshavin and Tomas Rosicky could start if Wenger decides to rest some of his starters.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Szczesny – Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Santos – Rosicky, Song, Ramsey – Walcott, Van Persie, Arshavin.
Borussia Dortmund go into this game on the back of an impressive victory over fierce rivals Bayern at Alianz Arena, meaning they certainly have reason for optimism before the clash at the Emirates.
Jurgen Klopp’s side experienced big problems at the start to the season, as they struggled to cope with the busy schedule, recording pretty poor results on both domestic and international stage.
It looks as though the 3:0 defeat to Marseille served as a real wake-up call as BVB started playing much better after the game in France, winning seven of next nine games in all competitions.
Borussia returned into contention for the place in the knockout stages by beating Olympiakos at home, but they are still three points behind Marseille, the team they will host in the final round.
However, with Marseille three points clear of BVB and playing host to Olympiakos, everything suggests that Jorgen Klopp’s men will have to win both remaining games in order to go through. The Germans are 3.75 (11/4) with Ladbrokes to qualify.
Felipe Santana continues to deputize for injured Neven Subotic, whereas Ivan Perisic could get a chance to start after scoring a screamer in the first game against Arsenal.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller – Piszczek, Hummels, Santana, Schmelzer – Bender, Kehl – Goetze, Kagawa, Perisic – Lewandowski.