CL: Arsenal cannot lose tonight against Borussia, says Jack Wilshere

Sep 16, 2014, 08:30 IST | AFP

Ahead of crucial Champions League opener against Borussia Dortmund, midfielder wants Gunners to focus on not dropping points in Germany

London: Arsenal will be looking to win in Dortmund for the second season running when they take on German giants Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League opener tonight.

Jack Wilshere celebrates after scoring vs Man City. Pic/Getty Images
Jack Wilshere celebrates after scoring vs Man City. Pic/Getty Images  

Arsenal's midfielder Jack Wilshere is expecting an entertaining game with Dortmund.

"They're always good games when we face them," he said. "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 cannot lose it."

Arsenal have collected four draws in their first six competitive matches this season while Dortmund have won three of their four matches so far.

Arsenal come into the Group D encounter after a 2-2 draw at home against Manchester City, in which they conceded an 83rd minute goal. At the weekend, Kagawa assisted on Adrian Ramos's goal and then scored a goal himself before coming off after 64 minutes with cramp in the 3-1 win over Freiburg.

Meanwhile, Dortmund received a big boost just ahead of the match with Shinji Kagawa's return to Germany easing the injury loss of Marco Reus.

Dortmund have also seen captain and World Cup winner Mats Hummels return to training — though he will not play against Arsenal.

"We want to have a good start. We want a home victory," said Hummels.

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