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October 19, 2011 7:45 PM BST
Stade Vélodrome — Marseille
Referee:‬ D. Skomina‎
Attendance:‬ 33258‎
Aaron Ramsey 90+2′

Marseille - Arsenal Preview: Gunners travel to face Group F leaders with more injury worries

Aaron Ramsey included in squad to face French outfit who have won both of their Champions League games this season, although Keiran Gibbs misses out through injury

By David Lynch

Arsenal Press Conference, coach Arsene Wenger
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, N'Koulou, Diawara, Morel
Gonzalez, Diarra, Kabore
Valbuena, Ayew, Remy


Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Santos
Arteta, Song, Rosicky
Walcott, Van Persie, Gervinho

The hosts had to do without creative outlet Mathieu Valbuena in a 0-0 draw at Toulouse at the weekend but he is likely to return to the line-up hoping to terrorise the Gunners’ defence.

In-form striker Loic Remy should be joined by the prolific Andre Ayew in attack for the French side.

Lucho Gonzalez was one of many alleged Arsenal targets this summer and is set to take his place in a three man central midfield.

For the Gunners, Kieran Gibbs has been added to the club's growing injury list, although Aaron Ramsey's inclusion in the squad will be a welcome boost for the visitors.

However Wenger may choose to stick with the line-up above after seeing it defeat Sunderland 2-1 in the Premier League at the weekend.


  • Arsenal and Marseille are set to face each other for the first time in European competition.
  • Marseille won the inaugural Champions League when current manager Didier Deschamps captained them to a 1-0 win over Milan.
  • Deschamps played in England for just one season with Chelsea, as the Stamford Bridge outfit finished fifth in the 1999-2000 season.
  • Marseille are one of three sides (along with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich) to maintain a 100 per cent record in the competition this year having won their two opening Champions League matches.
  • The French outfit are also amongst three teams who have yet to concede a Champions League goal this season along with Real Madrid and rivals Lyon.
  • Arsenal haven't failed to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League in the last 12 years of Arsene Wenger’s stewardship.

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Available Squads
30Steve MandandaGoalkeeper
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
3N. N'KoulouDefender
15Jérémy MorelDefender
21Souleymane DiawaraDefender
23Alou DiarraMidfielder
7Benoît CheyrouMidfielder
8Lucho GonzálezMidfielder
28Mathieu ValbuenaMidfielder
14Loïc RemyStriker
10André AyewStriker
1Gennaro BraciglianoGoalkeeper
18Djimi TraoreDefender
26Jean-Philippe SaboDefender
31Gérard RolandDefender
-Charles KaboréMidfielder
18Morgan AmalfitanoMidfielder
9André Pierre GignacStriker
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
4Per MertesackerDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
27Andre SantosDefender
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
17Alex SongMidfielder
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
20Robin van PersieStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
21Lukasz FabianskiGoalkeeper
5Johan DjourouDefender
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
20Francis CoquelinMidfielder
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
Players to Watch
Loïc Remy
Loïc Remy
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The striker, who was previously linked with a move to Liverpool before joining Marseille, has notched six goals in 12 appearances so far this season. His strike against Borussia Dortmund on matchday two helped l’OM to a 3-0 victory and to the top of group Group F. He will hope to keep them there by finding the net against the Gunners.
Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
6 4 1 0
The Dutchman appears not to have let gaining the Arsenal captaincy affect his form by bagging 7 goals in 12 appearances. Two of those strikes came in last weekend’s win over Sunderland meaning Van Persie is on top form for this Champions League clash.
Marseille have suffered an unimpressive start to the season domestically as they sit 15th in Ligue 1 having lost three times and drawn an incredible six. Their form in the Champions League however has been a different matter as they posted wins away at Olympiakos and at home to Dortmund.

Arsenal themselves have had a poor domestic start but moved into the top half of the Premier League with victory at the weekend. Both sides have struggled defensively this year but contain exciting attacking units meaning we could well see a high scoring contest if this tie goes to form.
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Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
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Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Atlético Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Manchester City
6 2