Before every Arsenal fixture, we’ll bring you a Scouting Report on the Gunners’ next opponents.

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson will give his pre-match view and you can get his post-match verdict in our Talking Tactics feature on Arsenal Player.

Arsène Wenger and his side host Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wedneday so, to find out more, we also asked journalist Raphael Honigstein for his thoughts and analysis.

Stewart Robson

"Although Dortmund had the majority of the possession in the first meeting, Gervinho and Robin van Persie got beyond their back four on several occasions. If Arsenal's front three play at anywhere near their best I expect them to cause havoc with their movement at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night."

Scouting Report - Tactics

"They usually play a 4-5-1 which, in detail, works as a 4-3-2-1 very often. The two attacking players usually play quite narrow when they are not in possession, but have a license to go anywhere they like when Dortmund are attacking. It's a very fluid system which is sometimes used to press the opposition very high up. But in recent games like against Bayern Munich on Saturday, they push them quite deep only in their own half.

"That makes it a little bit more difficult for them to go forward and break, but in terms of their defensive stability it was probably the best I've ever seen them play.

"I think it's difficult to pigeon-hole them into a defensive or attacking strategy. They try to do both at the same time, like Barcelona at their very best. They will press you when not in possession and won't simply sit back and wait. It's just a question of where they press. They haven't been able to do it quite as well as they did when they won the league last season but it really helped the back four against Bayern.

"I think it will be a very similar game plan against Arsenal. They will have a go when they're in possession but they are definitely not going to keep five players up the pitch. I can't see that happening.

"They have been playing really well recently. They're almost back to their best - indeed, they have won six out of their last seven league games. The little blip they had at the start seems to be behind them.

"They lost Nuri Sahin to Real Madrid and Lucas Barrios, who is their main forward, and they still haven't fully recovered. Those two losses have weighed very heavy on Dortmund because they were key parts of the team last season. They have tried to find solutions - for example Robert Lewandowski is growing as a striker. He can hold up the ball but he is not quite the same poacher as Barrios.

"In central midfield they've brought back the veteran Sebastian Kehl who has been playing with a number of different players - none of which have quite grown to the stature that Sahin had. It is still a bit of a problem for them.

"Gotze has more or less fulfilled expectations this season - especially for Germany. He was sensational against Brazil in August and has been pretty good whenever he has played. For Dortmund he still shows a bit of inconsistency but there are little touches and spells where you can tell the tremendous potential he has.

"I think Dortmund will really give it a go but I can't see Arsenal losing so I'll say a draw. But I think it's going to be a really tough game for the Gunners."

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    23 Nov 2011