x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Champions League: Arsenal match 'is like a final' for Dortmund

Arsenal can clinch a spot in the next round of the Champions League with a win over Borussia Dortmund, who are feeling desperate. 'For us,' says Dortmund midfield Kevin Grosskreutz, 'the match is like a final.'

Carrying impressive domestic form into Europe, Arsenal can clinch a place in the next round of the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund Wednesday night.

The Gunners are on a run of five straight Premier League wins as they prepare to host the German champions.

With Robin van Persie having scored 13 goals in 12 domestic appearances Arsenal expect to progress in front of their own fans. Dortmund desperate for victory to prolong their interest in the tournament going into the final group matche.

"For us, the match in London is like a final," Dortmund midfielder Kevin Grosskreutz said. "We'll give it all we have."


Fire and carjacking affect Napoli's preparations

Napoli's preparations for its Champions League showdown with Manchester City last night were affected by a small fire at the team hotel and a reported carjacking involving the wife of forward Marek Hamsik.

Napoli's press office says there was a very minor fire at the Holiday Inn in Castel Volturno, the town north of Naples where the club trains and gathers before matches. The cause was not immediately known and firefighters immediately put out the blaze without any apparent injuries.

Meanwhile, the ANSA news agency reports that Hamsik's wife Martina Franova was held up at gunpoint and forced to abandon her BMW. However, the car contained an anti-theft security system and was found abandoned shortly later.

Napoli needed to beat City at the San Paolo Stadium late Tuesday night to revive its chance of advancing to the knockout phase.