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Wenger: Begins a two-match touchline ban against Dortmund

Wenger: Begins a two-match touchline ban against Dortmund

Arsenal face a difficult task in their UEFA Champions League Group F opener as they travel to Germany to face Borussia Dortmund.

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Arsene Wenger has come under pressure following a tough start to the season but the Gunners were at least able to book their place in Europe's premier club competition last month after coming through a play-off round against Udinese.

They have been drawn in a tricky-looking pool alongside Bundesliga champions Dortmund, Marseille and Olympiakos, and will be looking to get off to a flyer at Signal Iduna Park.

Wenger believes his team have already started to turn the corner after beating Swansea 1-0 in the Premier League at the weekend, following a disastrous August that saw the club battle with a number of injuries, suspensions and personnel changes.

Wenger's problems are still not behind him ahead of the trip to Dortmund, and he will not be able to take his place in the dugout after Uefa rejected his appeal against a two-match touchline ban.

The Arsenal manager was originally given a one-game suspension for the first leg of the tie against Udinese but broke the terms of his ban by communicating with the bench and subsequently faced further Uefa action.

Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky have both been ruled out through injury as Arsenal kick off their 14th straight year in the Champions League group phase.

Ramsey limped out of training on Monday with an ankle complaint and has not been included in the 18-man squad along with Rosicky, who is struggling with a knee problem.

Thomas Vermaelen and Jack Wilshere are other key players also missing, although new signings Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker, Yossi Benayoun, Andre Santos and Park Chu-young are available.

Dortmund news

Dortmund were among the lowest ranked seeds in the draw for the group phase but are still dark horses to progress further in the competition after securing Bundesliga glory last season.

They have not made a great start to the defence of their title, with seven points from five games, but their stylish approach is reminiscent of Arsenal and is often orchestrated by midfield starlet Mario Gotze, a player linked with the Gunners over the summer.

Head coach Jurgen Klopp is expecting a good game, saying: "They have a good team and it doesn't matter who they have got on the pitch.

"They will play very offensive football and we know that. Very attractive football.

"But we need to focus on us and to try and give a good performance."

Klopp has had several injury problems to contend with during the early part of the season, with Lucas Barrios (thigh), Marvin Bakalorz (Achilles), Patrick Owomoyela (hip) and Julian Kock (knee ligament tear) all yet to feature this term.

Tuesday marks Dortmund's return to the Champions League for the first time since March 2003.

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