Despite a very convincing 2-0 win over Liverpool yesterday Arsenal now face two very tough matches in the week ahead.
Wednesday night they play the current Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion in their second leg Champions’ League group F match against a team that has not lost a game at home this season, and has never lost in Germany to English opposition.
The Germans went top of their domestic league Friday night after beating VfB Stuttgart 6-1 while coming from being behind in a match that saw star striker Robert Lewandowski score a hat-trick.
Jürgen Klopps team has already beaten Arsenal at the Emirates 2-1 and know that a win at home on Wednesday night almost certainly guarantee’s Dortmund a place in the knockout stages of the competition.
Then the following Sunday, Arsenal who now sit on top of the Barclays Premier League five points clear of Liverpool and Chelsea travel to play Manchester United at Old Trafford fresh with the knowledge that this fixture saw them lose an embarrassing 8-2 to the eventual league winners.
While I do not think that Arsenal will win against Dortmund midweek they should be able to come away from Manchester with at least a point especially if they can play the fast paced passing game they showed against Liverpool where they dominated midfield.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could still be without playmaker Jack Wilshire for the trip to north Germany and could also be without Kieran Gibbs who limped of the pitch in the 78th minute with what appeared to be a calf injury that saw Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen come on in his place.
To take nothing away from Arsenal after a brilliant performance against Liverpool the team now face a tough test in the coming weeks.