Borussia Dortmund boss wary of ‘outstanding’ Arsenal duo
Jürgen Klopp is wary of the threat posed by new Arsenal duo Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez
Jürgen Klopp has warned his Borussia Dortmund side to expect a stern test against Arsenal’s “outstanding” new signings, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez.
Arsene Wenger bolstered his squad with the addition of the duo over the summer, with Sanchez having scored in all three of his last appearances since his transfer from Barcelona.
And Klopp, whose side host the Gunners in the Champions League on Tuesday night, is wary of the threat posed by the duo.
“They have signed two outstanding players in Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez, who will give them even more pace,” said Klopp.
“I’m expecting the Gunners to try and utilise this on Tuesday. But first and foremost, both teams will have to be fully focused and defend well.”
Borussia Dortmund v Arsenal: Pre-match facts
• Arsenal qualified for their 17th successive group stage campaign with a 1-0 aggregate win over Beşiktaş in the play-offs, Alexis Sánchez scoring the winner, his first goal for the club.
• The Gunners have won five of their last 10 away games in the competition, drawing three and losing two.
• Arsenal’s record against German clubs away from home is W5 D5 L5; overall it is W14 D6 L10.
• Per Mertesacker scored two goals in 16 appearances against BVB while with Hannover and Werder Bremen (2003–11).