DORTMUND, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 13: Neven Subotic (R) of Dortmund and Gervinho (L) of Arsenal battle for the ball during the Champions League Group F match between Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal FC at Signal Iduna Park on September 13, 2011 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Borussia Dortmund Vs. Arsenal, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Late Goal From Ivan Perisic Means 1-1 Draw

Arsenal travel to Germany to face the defending Bundesliga champions in a match that could decide the shape of Group F.

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Borussia Dortmund Vs. Arsenal, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Late Dortmund Goal Means Teams Share Spoils In Germany

Arsenal were expecting a stern challenge with a trip to Signal Iduna Park  to face last year's Bundesliga champions, and they weren't disappointed after being exposed to an absolute onslaught from Borussia Dortmund, who managed 23 shots to their guests 9 as well as averaging 57 percent of the possession. It wasn't idle stuff from the hosts, either - they launched themselves at the Gunners with ferocity that approached lunacy at times. It was that naivite which meant that Arsenal escaped Germany with a 1-1 draw and a point despite being thoroughly outplayed when a mistake in the midfield led to a quick break and Robin van Persie's opening goal, a mistake a more experienced Champions League side would never have made.

What Dortmund lose thanks to a lack of cynicism they get back in spades thank to their ability to play pacy, expansive football, and they tormented the Gunners all night - only superb play from Wojciech Szczesny, Laurent Koscielny and Alex Song (not to mention a healthy dose of luck) kept them from scoring sooner than they did. Truth be told, Dortmund's finishing didn't help their cause either. Of the aforementioned 23 shots, only six found the target, and only one managed to work its way past Szczesny.

The equalising goal didn't come until the 88th minute, but it was well worth waiting for. Ivan Perisic, on as a substitute in the 69th minute for Kevin Grosskruetz, ran only a half-cleared free kick fully 25 yards from goal and volleyed beautifully into the top corner, sending a packed stadium absolutely insane with joy. The goal, Perisc's first for the club, made Dortmund redouble their efforts to find a winner and it took a fine save by Szczesny at the feet of fellow countryman Robert Lewandowski (and a couple of penalty appeals turned down by referee Gianluca Rocchi) to secure the point for the visitors.

Still, Arsenal will be pleased that they've managed to emerge from what should be their toughest challenge of the group stages with a point. and can take pride in the way they defended when it looked as though they might have been put to the sword. Dortmund were the better side, but only the joy of that late late equaliser will take away the nagging feeling that this is a game that should have resulted in three points in their pocket.

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Borussia Dortmund Vs. Arsenal, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Ivan Perisic Makes It 1-1 With Fantastic Goal

Oh my word that's a goal worthy of winning any game. It won't, of course, but what it has done is tie things up in Signal Iduna Park, where Arsenal had been holding onto an improbable lead against defending German champions Borussia Dortmund thanks to a Robin van Persie goal at the stroke of half time. For most of the rest of the game, Dortmund had been pressing their visitors to the brink, and now they've finally cracked them.

There was nothing that Wojciech Szczesny could have done about it either - the goal was an absolute belter from substitute Ivan Perisic who volleyed into the top corner from long range to make a goal out of absolutely nothing and the game 1-1. That's his first goal for the club, and it'll very probably be his best. Dortmund have their tails up now, and are pressing for a winner. Can they manage it with time running out?

For Arsenal-specific coverage of the match, check out The Short Fuse. Keep it on our Borussia Dortmund vs. Arsenal StoryStream for live updates during the match as well as post-match coverage. Check out SB Nation Soccer for news and updates on all of the UEFA Champions League action.

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Borussia Dortmund Vs. Arsenal, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Robin Van Persie Gives Gunners 1-0 Lead At Halftime

Well that was undeserved. Arsenal, having been thoroughly outplayed by Borussia Dortmund for most of the first half, have taken a lead very late through the figure of Dutch striker Robin van Persie. Sebastian Kehl gave the ball away in silly fashion - and not for the first time in the match - and this time the Arsenal captain was able to race into space and clip over a despairing Roman Weidenfeller to give the Gunners a 1-0 lead.

It's hardly justice for the hosts, who've been excellent in the first half but so far unable to get past Wojciech Szczesny in the Arsenal goal. Mario Goetze has been particularly impressive - Dortmund have repeatedly scythed open Arsenal's defence but their final pass has been lacking. It's still taken some last-ditch defending to keep the German champions off the scoresheet, however, with Bacary Sagna clearing off the line very early on after Szczesny found himself stranded. If that ball had gone in, we'd be looking at a very different match, but as it is Arsenal are somehow ahead 1-0 at halftime.

Dortmund have some work to do if they want to turn the match around, but despite the deficit they're still comfortably better than their London-based opposition. That will count for nothing unless they come up with some goals, though...

For Arsenal-specific coverage of the match, check out The Short Fuse. Keep it on our Borussia Dortmund vs. Arsenal StoryStream for live updates during the match as well as post-match coverage. Check out SB Nation Soccer for news and updates on all of the UEFA Champions League action.

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Borussia Dortmund Vs. Arsenal, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Lineups

Arsenal have thrown us no surprises in their lineup for their UEFA Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund, but the home side have made one surprising selection. Veteran and team captain defensive midfielder Sebastian Kehl, usually not in the first choice team, will start next to Sven Bender over young playmaker İlkay Gündoğan. Otherwise, it's business as usual for der BVB in their 4-2-3-1 setup. They're fantastic on the counter, and it will be interesting to see if selecting Kehl over Gündoğan makes it tougher for BVB to turn defense into attack quickly with quality through balls from the midfield. Here are the lineups.

Borussia Dortmund lineup (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Hummels, Subotic, Schmelzer; Kehl, Bender; Götze, Kagawa, Großkreutz; Lewandowski    

Arsenal lineup (4-3-3): Szczesny; Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs; Song, Arteta, Benayoun; Gervinho, Walcott, Van Persie

The match kicks off at 2:45 pm ET and we'll have live coverage right here. For more on Arsenal's buildup to the game, check out The Short Fuse. Keep it on our Borussia Dortmund vs. Arsenal StoryStream for updates leading up to the match, during the match and post-match. Check out SB Nation Soccer for news and updates on all of the UEFA Champions League action. 

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UEFA Champions League 2011: Where To Watch Borussia Dortmund Vs. Arsenal On TV And Streaming Live Online

In what could potentially be the most hotly contested match of the day between two European giants, Arsenal travel from London to take on German champions Borussia Dortmund in Germany. Borussia have actually stumbled a bit out of the gate in the Bundesliga, but they've had to deal with some injuries and suspensions, while it's probably fair to assume that their loss to Hertha Berlin was a fluke. Arsenal have had similar problems, but spent in the transfer window to fill the holes left by some departing stars. Per Mertesacker, Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayon and Park Chu-Young should all be major impact players for Arsenal this season. Here's all of the info on the game, including the television schedule and how to watch it streaming live online.

Borussia Dortmund vs. Arsenal

Venue: Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany

Time: 2:45 pm ET, 7:45 pm BST, 8:45 CEST

Television: Fox Sports Net (USA - Check local availability), Sky Sports 4 (UK - Red Button), Setanta Sports (Canada)

Online: FoxSoccer.tv (USA), UEFA.com (International)

For more on Arsenal's buildup to the game, check out The Short Fuse. Keep it on our Borussia Dortmund vs. Arsenal StoryStream for updates leading up to the match, during the match and post-match. Check out SB Nation Soccer for news and updates on all of the UEFA Champions League action.  

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Borussia Dortmund Vs. Arsenal, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Stopping Mario Götze - The Short Fuse

Arsenal aren't used to being UEFA Champions group stage underdogs. They've made a habit of being the seeded team that cruises through the group stage and waits until the quarterfinals or so to really be challenged. Those days are gone though. Last year they didn't win their group and Udinese put a real scare into them for 135 minutes just a month ago in their Champions League playoff. Now they will have a real fight on their hands to get out of a group that is really deadlined by Borussia Dortmund, their first group stage opponent.

To make matters worse, Arsenal will have to open up in Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday. Oh yeah, and that Dortmund team has Mario Götze, their incredible playmaker who will be rested after missing the weekend match with a suspension. Thomas Wachtel of SB Nation's Arsenal blog The Short Fuse takes a look at what the Gunners are up against on Tuesday and focuses on Götze.

In addition to the loud noises certain to be made by around 80,000 Germans, the team must be prepared for the football stylings of one other German in particular; that is, the aforementioned Mario Götze. Earlier today Arsenal Report shared some stats from Who Scored (and thus Opta) which frightened me deeply, and which I will now pass along so that they may frighten you as well. Götze has three assists and a goal in four appearances so far this year. He also leads Dortmund with 2.8 key passes a game and 4.3 dribbles, and he attempts more tackles and interceptions than left back Marcel Schmelzer or centerback Neven Subotic. Götze is just a really good player all-around, and he will absolutely have to be well-defended if Arsenal are to have a legitimate chance of winning the match. He surely is not Dortmund's only weapon, but he is their most deadly.

There's not much of an explanation in there of how to stop Götze. That's probably because no one has figured out a really good way to do it yet, but Arsenal will have to because they are no longer the sure bet to make it out of the group stage that they once were.

For more on Arsenal's buildup to the game, check out The Short Fuse. Keep it on our Borussia Dortmund vs. Arsenal StoryStream for updates leading up to the match, during the match and post-match. Check out SB Nation Soccer for news and updates on all of the UEFA Champions League action.  

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