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Arsenal players warm-up during a training sessionReuters

Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal – two teams that will be a little sick of seeing each other -- face off for the fifth time in four years as the UEFA Champions League season begins in earnest.

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The Champions League Group D match is scheduled for an 8.45 local time (12.15 am IST, 7.45 pm BST, 2.45 pm ET) start with live coverage on Ten Action in India, Sky Sports 5 in the UK and Fox Sports in US.

The Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal match can be watched via live streaming online India HERE. Viewers in the UK can live stream all the action HERE or HERE. US viewers can watch the game live online HERE, while Germany viewers can live stream the match HERE, with audience in Canada able to live stream the action HERE. Catch the ga,e in the Middle East and North Africa HERE, while South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa viewers can go HERE. The game can be live streamed in Latin America HERE, while viewers in Australia can watch the match via live streaming HERE.

The two biggies in European football have been drawn together three times over the past four seasons, with all of those matches proving to be great viewing.

Both Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund love to attack and score goals, and even if the goals have not poured quicker than a leaky pipe in a lot of the games between the two, the excitement and quality have been of the highest order.

Arsenal will look back to the 1-0 win they managed to pull off at Borussia Dortmund last season, with an Aaron Ramsey goal and a pretty good defensive performance proving to be the difference between two points and one.

"If you watched Arsenal here last year you will have noticed that they are very strong in defence with a good transition game," said Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp on Monday. "But we are not thinking about our previous matches against Arsenal. We draw conclusions from their last Premier League matches.

"The Champions League begins now and it will be a tough start. We want to be as aggressive as we can. We have to concentrate on the main attributes you need when playing football.

"Then we will have to be tactically clever to nullify their way of playing. After doing that we can bring our own skills to the table. That will be a hard job for us tomorrow."

Neither side have made the perfect start to their league season, with Arsenal drawing three of their first four matches, while Dortmund have already lost one in three. However, slowly, as the newer players get integrated – and both sides have seen plenty of fresh faces arrive in the summer – the groove should be found.

Arsenal will hope they find their attacking verve, which has blown a little hot and cold so far this season, is evident from minute one as they look to dominate the proceedings early much like they did against Manchester City at the weekend.

Had Arsenal scored in the first 25 minutes of that game, where they had the Premier League champions firmly on the back foot, the result might have been a lot different from the eventual 2-2 draw.

Arsene Wenger, no doubt, will stress on the importance of taking the chances, especially against big opposition like Dortmund, and the manager will also be aware of the importance of at least coming away with a draw from the Westfalenstadion as they look to avoid finishing second in the group, which also have Galatasaray and Anderlecht, yet again.

Too many times in the recent past Arsenal have finished second in their group, which has inevitably led to them drawing the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the last 16.

A sound start against Dortmund will go a long way in ensuring they begin their Champions League campaign on the perfect note.

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Borussia Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa will want to make an impression against ArsenalReuters

Team news: Borussia Dortmund: Klopp has a long injury list, with the manager set to be without the influential Marco Reus, who is out with an ankle injury. Joining Reus on the sidelines are Oliver Kirch (thigh), Ilkay Gundogan (back), Nuri Sahin (knee), Jakub Błaszczykowski and Mats Hummels (both muscle).

Arsenal: Wenger also has plenty of issues to worry about, with Mathieu Debuchy set for a long spell on the sidelines after twisting his ankle in the 2-2 draw against Manchester City. Olivier Giroud is out for the calendar year, while Theo Walcott is still a few weeks away from a return. Yaya Sanogo and Nacho Monreal have not travelled, while Calum Chambers is doubtful.

"Monreal didn't travel and we have a little problem with Chambers but he should be alright," said Wenger on Monday. "Monreal has a back problem, he should be available on Friday. We'll assess Chambers tomorrow morning. At the moment he's 50-50 with tonsillitis.

"Sanogo stayed at home as well with a little hamstring problem."

Wenger is just one injury away from having a defensive crisis on his hands with Debuchy's injury leaving Chambers as the obvious backup. However, having failed to sign a central defender in the summer transfer window, Chambers is also Wenger's third-choice centre-back.

Hector Bellerin could be in line for a start at right-back, with Wenger believing the young Spaniard is ready for the first team, while the manager will also want to protect Chambers.

Key men: Borussia Dortmund: Shinji Kagawa will be the string-puller for Dortmund, and the Japanese international will be keen to make an impression after making his move back to the German club following a disappointing spell with Manchester United.

Arsenal: Danny Welbeck nearly scored on his debut for Arsenal on Saturday, but nearly is just not good enough. While the former Manchester United man showed plenty of signs of encouragement leading the line, Wenger will hope Welbeck puts away his chances, if and when they come against Dortmund.

Expected lineups: Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Sokratis, Durm; Bender, Kehl; Mkhitaryan, Kagawa, Grosskreutz; Ramos.

Arsenal: Szczesny; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta; Sanchez, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil; Welbeck.

Prediction: 1-1

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