Laurent Koscielny, distracted by Dortmund's mascot walking into the press conference.
UEFA Champions League Group Stage, Match 1
Tuesday, September 13
Kickoff: 245 PM EDT
Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, sister city to Buffalo, NY
TV: foxsoccer.tv, if one subscribes
So here it finally is: Champions League football. In what will probably be the toughest group stage match for Arsenal, they have to travel to the massive home of the Bundesliga champions, BvB Dortmund. Will Per Mertesacker and Arsenal's back five (six?) be able to hold wunderkind Mario Götze at bay? Will the stingy home defense of BvB rain despair and frustration upon the Gunners, or will Mikel Arteta and the possibly-in-form Andrei Arshavin make the magic? Or will none of this happen, and instead they'll all just go to a bar together and listen to Yo La Tengo? [Ed. note: this is what I've been doing all morning, aside from the bar part, so...yeah].
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Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Song, Arteta, Benayoun, Walcott, Gervinho, Van Persie.
Subs: Fabianski, Ju-Young-Park, Frimpong, Santos, Djourou, Arshavin, Chamakh.
Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Hummels, Subotic, Schmelzer; Kehl, Bender; Götze, Kagawa, Großkreutz; Lewandowski.
Subs: Langerak, Santana, Da Silva, Blaszczykowski, Gundogan, Perisic, Zidan (no, not Zidane. Zidan.)