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UEFA Champions League

  • 19 October 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
  • Referee: D. Skomina
  • • Attendance: 33258
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Marseille - Arsenal Preview: Gunners travel to face Group F leaders with more injury worries

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

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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



PROBABLE LINEUPS

MARSEILLE

Mandanda

Azpilicueta
, N'Koulou, Diawara, Morel
Gonzalez, Diarra, Kabore
Valbuena, Ayew, Remy

ARSENAL

 
Szczesny
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.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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.

Players to watch

L. Rémy

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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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.

R. van Persie

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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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.

Editor's Prediction

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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Olympique Marseille

Arsenal

Wins
0
1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Olympique de Marseille MAR
Olympique de Marseille Olympique Marseille
Draw
Arsenal FC ARS
Arsenal FC Arsenal
78%

Top 3 Predictions

Olympique de Marseille MAR
1 - 2
Arsenal FC ARS
Olympique de Marseille MAR
1 - 3
Arsenal FC ARS
Olympique de Marseille MAR
0 - 2
Arsenal FC ARS

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