The Gunners moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League table thanks to a 2-0 win over Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
The Welsh international who scored Arsenal’s second against the Reds, is backing Arsene Wenger’s men to respond to their 2-1 defeat by the Bundesliga side at Emirates Stadium last month by getting a positive result in Germany.
Speaking to the Arsenal official website, he said:
The atmosphere in their stadium is tremendous but you want to be playing in these sorts of atmospheres. Everyone in the team will be looking forward to it. We don’t go anywhere with fear – we will approach it the same as any other game. It is a massive week and one that we are looking forward to.
I thought we played well enough to get something from the home game. The group is wide open again. It is going to be tough but we are still confident we can qualify.
We have been to Dortmund in the past and drew there after we conceded a late goal. We have experienced what it is like there and we know it can be a very intimidating place to play. I am sure we have the quality and the players to get a good result and put ourselves back in control of the group.
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In the game at Emirates, we were a bit naive – it should have at least finished as a draw. We switched off and they caught us on a counter-attack in the last 10 minutes and we paid the price, which will happen at this level. We will learn from that.
We are confident. There were periods in the game when we felt very dominant and maybe could have scored a few but we will be a bit more streetwise going over there.
Dortmund have a very organised team and a real work ethic. They also have a world-class striker [in Lewandowski]. They were runners-up in the Champions League last season so they know what the competition is all about.
Arsenal were pretty sluggish against Dortmund in their 2-1 defeat at the Emirates. The Gunners struggled to create clear cut chances in attack and were poor in defence too and eventually fell to a counter attack. The team will definitely miss Flamini on Wednesday but Arteta’s performance against Liverpool proved that he can be as effective as the Frenchman in that role. If Arsenal can defend as they did against the Reds then we can definitely get a result in Germany.
A win would make Arsenal clear favourites to top the group of death, but even a draw is a good result and will put the Gunners in a great position to qualify for the knockout stages. Dortmund will be a tough side to beat at home but it won’t be impossible as the Gunners do have the experience of beating German sides in their home, remember Bayern last season.
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