The Gunners have been drawn against the Bundesliga giants in the group stages of the Champions League for the second season in succession and will take heart from their win there last season.
The England international feels a win against the German club will be the perfect way to make a statement of intent for the Gunners European campaign.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
They’re always good games when we face them. It’s a tough game and we go there first this time, so the hardest match of the group will be the first one.
We can put a marker down in that game to say we’re here to win this group. Even if we don’t win the game, we don’t want to lose it.
The main one missing for them is Reus, he’s fantastic. I’ve watched him over the last few years and he’s got better and better. Now he’s one of the best players, if not the best player, in Germany so they’ll miss him.
But they’ve got quality players who can come in and they’ve made a good start to the season.
The North London club have failed to top their group in recent years and paid the price with tough draws in the Round of 16 and Wilshere is desperate not to make the same mistake again this year. He added:
That’s the target – we’ve always said that. Over the last few seasons we’ve always thought we’d finish top and then we lost the last game and it has cost us.
If you finish top you can still get a tough game – once you’re in the last 16 of the Champions League you’re not going to get an easy match.
But we’ve been unlucky with the draw, getting Bayern Munich over the last few years. They were the best team in Europe.
We could have got anyone else and had a little bit more of a chance going of going through so it is really important to finish top of the group.
The away trip to Dortmund is perhaps the hardest match of the group for Arsenal and coming out of that with a win will go a long way in helping Arsene Wenger’s team win the group and boost their confidence for the Premier League.
The top two should be Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund, but as we have seen in the past few seasons, the difference between winning the group and coming second can be the difference between staying in the competition. The Gunners have paid the price for finishing runners up in their group in recent years and they will know the importance of claiming top spot this time around.
The game won’t be an easy one though with Dortmund starting their domestic season in good form but they will be without their Marco Reus, which should give Arsenal a major boost. The Gunners are also struggling with injuries to Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Debuchy, but a win in Dortmund will do wonders for their confidence.
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