GRAPHIC: Borussia Dortmund's expected lineup vs. Arsenal

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Without a host of injured stars heading into their Champions League match with Arsenal on Tuesday, Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp will be forced to field a new-look, untested lineup.

While it's a situation the German boss is accustomed to given the perpetual changeover that seems to take place at the club every summer, the Gunners may prove too big an obstacle to overcome with such a weakened group.

Dortmund will be without Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, Nuri Sahin, Ilkay Gundogan, and Jakub Błaszczykowski tomorrow evening, meaning their lineup will likely look something like this come kick-off:

[Courtesy: Borussia Dortmund]

While the back-four is still very formidable and the presence of Shinji Kagawa is a big bonus, Arsenal will go into the match as favorites.

If the last couple of seasons have taught us anything, that's just how Klopp and company like it.

Feature photo courtesy of Reuters

Sept 14, 10:52 AM

Borussia Dortmund without a number of stars against Arsenal

Sept 14, 10:52 AM

Borussia Dortmund is used to overcoming adversity. They've seen their best players leave for rival Bayern Munich in consecutive years, and still managed to punch above their weight. 

But even Jurgen Klopp must admit his club is up against it when they host Arsenal in their Champions League opener on Tuesday. A number of Dortmund's best players, including Mats Hummels and Marco Reus, will not be available against the Gunners. 

Klopp will have to be at his managerial best to overcome this glut of injuries. Sandra Goldschmidt offered her proposed starting XI. 

Shinji Kagawa marked his return to Germany with a bang on Saturday, scoring once and adding an assist to help Dortmund beat Freiburg. He'll need to produce a similar result against Arsenal midweek. 

Feature photo courtesy of REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer