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UEFA Champions League

  • October 19, 2011
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
  • Referee: D. Skomina
  • • Attendance: 33258
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Champions League Preview: Marseille - Arsenal

Defender Kieran Gibbs and Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey look likely to miss the tie against the French outfit who have won both of their Champions League games this season



PROBABLE LINEUPS

MARSEILLE

Mandanda

Azpilicueta
, N'Koulou, Diawara, Morel
Lucho, Diarra, Cheyrou
Valbuena, Remy,
A. Ayew

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 terrorize the Gunners’ defense. 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.

Stephane Mbia remains a key injury problem for OM, while Rod Fanni and Jordan Ayew are both banned.

For the Gunners, choices in squad rotation are limited by a growing injury list to which Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs have been added this week. Arsene Wenger is likely to bring in Andre Santos at fullback if Gibbs isn't ready, and otherwise the team will be the same as the one that defeated 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 it to a 1-0 win over AC Milan.
  • Deschamps played in England for just one season with Chelsea, as the Stamford Bridge outfit finished fifth in the 1999-2000 season.
  • Marseille is one of three sides (along with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich) to maintain a 100 percent record in the competition this year having won its two opening Champions League matches.
  • The French outfit is also among three teams who have yet to concede a Champions League goal in this campaign, along with Real Madrid and Lyon.

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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
11Loïc 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
35Francis CoquelinMidfielder
27GervinhoStriker
29Marouane ChamakhStriker

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