By Joe Brewin
Arsène Wenger feels the pedigree of German football may be the strongest on the planet.
The Arsenal manager was born in Strasbourg and grew up in the village of Duttlenheim in north-east France, close the German border. From there it was Bundesliga football that surrounded him, providing the basis of a rich footballing education.
Ahead of the trip to Dortmund on Tuesday, Wenger said there was no better classroom.
"Maybe there the football roots are the deepest in the world,” said the Gunners boss. “Schalke, Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach - this is the triangle in German football.
"When I was a kid, we had eight teams in the Bundesliga within 100km. You had Schalke, Dortmund and Monchengladbach. Dortmund now have 80,000 people at every game.
"They have a similar style to us so it will be a very interesting game.”
Wenger was also quick to praise Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp, a man the Arsenal boss says can easily be likened to himself.
"He's a younger version for sure,” said Wenger. “He's a man with personality who has done extremely well in the German football temple.”Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source