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Arsenal vs. Borussia Dortmund: Match thread

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Believe it or not, something good can happen today.

Get us a point
Get us a point
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Borussia Dortmund at Arsenal
UEFA Champions League
Wednesday, November 26, 11.45PT/2.45 ET/7.45BT
Emirates Stadium, London
US TV: Fox Sports 1 | Worldwide TV listings: livesoccer.tv

Here we are, two match days left in the group stages of the Champions League, and Arsenal yet again poised to qualify for the knockout rounds. Even after the Anderlecht shitshow, Arsenal sit second in the group, and there are several scenarios that would see Arsenal go through after today:

- Arsenal win (rendering all others moot)
- Anderlecht/Gala draw (rendering all others moot)
- Arsenal draw/Gala win

If Arsenal draw today and Anderlecht win, second place will go down to the Dec 9 matches, and if Arsenal and Anderlecht end up level on points after that round, Arsenal advance thanks to the four points gained against the Belgians, as head-to-head results are the first tiebreaker.

So basically, Arsenal need one point from two matches to be sure of qualification. It's at this point that people say 'BUT SECOND PLACE IS BAD AND IT MEANS THAT ARSENAL LOSE IN THE ROUND OF 16'.  Both of which thoughts may, in fact, be true, but you know what? I'm tired of hearing about Arsenal exclusively in terms of the negative, and I want something to celebrate.

If they get their necessary point today, I am going to be really goddamn happy that they will have advanced to the knockout stages every year since, I think, 2000; the minute that all I think about are the negative consequences of achieving a goal is the minute I walk away from sports.

With all that said, Arsenal still need to do the job today; a win would be great, but a point will do just fine.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Arsenal?src=hash">#Arsenal</a> team to play Dortmund: Martinez, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis, Cazorla, Sanogo</p>&mdash; Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) <a href="https://twitter.com/Arsenal/status/537679526990708736">November 26, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Arsenal?src=hash">#Arsenal</a> subs: Huddart, Koscielny, Bellerin, Flamini, Rosicky, Campbell, Podolski <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AFCvBOR?src=hash">#AFCvBOR</a></p>&mdash; Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) <a href="https://twitter.com/Arsenal/status/537679707488391169">November 26, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>BVB: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Subotic, Ginter, Schmelzer, Gündogan, Bender, Großkreutz, Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan, Immobile. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/afcbvb?src=hash">#afcbvb</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UCL?src=hash">#UCL</a></p>&mdash; Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) <a href="https://twitter.com/BVB/status/537678441806839809">November 26, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Auf der Bank: // On the bench: Langerak, Durm, Hornschuh, Kehl, Jojic, Kagawa, Ramos. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/afcbvb?src=hash">#afcbvb</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UCL?src=hash">#UCL</a></p>&mdash; Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) <a href="https://twitter.com/BVB/status/537680191213281280">November 26, 2014</a></blockquote>
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