Has perhaps been the most impressive goalkeeper in Ligue 1 this term and he was a dominant force for his side in this encounter. Confident coming for crosses, he also made good stops from Walcott and Van Persie before being left hopelessly exposed as Ramsey struck the winner.
Much-criticized for a poor start to the season and it was evident from the outset that he was lacking in confidence. Sliced a Jenkinson cross over the top and rarely looked comfortable with the ball at his feet. Has his lucky gloves to thank that a handball in the first half was not spotted.
Yet to win over the Stade Velodrome crowd, but enjoyed a steady match on this occasion. Didn’t get forward with his usual buccaneering vigour, but at the same time he was rarely beaten down his flank.
Normally regarded as a player whose attacking skills are more notable than his defensive ones, and that was certainly in evidence as Walcott delivered several crosses into the Marseille box. Didn’t even offer much of a threat the other end of the field.
An injury to Stephane Mbia has forced the young center back into regular action, and he’s equipped himself well in the main, putting in a solid shift against Arsenal’s dangerous offence. Cut out a large number of crosses, both in the air and along the turf, though a catastrophic second-half error was nearly very costly.
Marseille looked to get the live-wire winger into the play as often as they possibly could, but he failed to make any serious headway. Was crowded out repeatedly and didn’t have options to play many decisive passes. One first-half cross nearly set up Lucho.
Complimented Diarra well in the center of the park, pressing in tandem with the France international. Always seemed alive to loose balls in his sector and had a couple of good efforts from range.
Broke up play impressively in the first half, sitting in front of the Marseille defence and not allowing the visiting side to play. Sometimes sloppy when distributing the ball, which was disappointing for a player who is supposed to set the tempo of the side.
Does not look the player that Marseille splashed out 18 million euros in 2009. Largely anonymous in the first half, though he did prod one of OM’s best opportunities wide. After the interval he became more involved, but at key moments his passing was wayward. Whistled by the home crowd as he trundled off to be replaced by Amalfitano.
Would have hoped to have had a productive night against an inexperienced fullback, but only offered fleeting glimpses of the attacking skill that was associated with him so closely last term. Overall, this was a disappointing performance.
Arguably OM’s shining light this season, the striker has at times looked the Provence side’s only goal threat, but his touch was lacking in the early stages. Burst into the game with a strong solo run down the byline that might have resulted in the opening goal. That was his sole major contribution and he would be replaced midway through the second half.
Will rarely have a quieter European night. Not tested in any significant form all evening.
Should have been penalized when he handled the ball in the box with little more than 10 minutes on the clock, though he looked pretty comfortable against Ayew, reducing the threat of the Ghanaian by getting forward regularly. Would go off injured after an hour.
The keystone of Arsenal’s defense, the German would only be beaten once all evening when Remy skipped by him in the first half. Was dominant in the air and won a good deal of possession on the deck too. Disciplined.
The Brazilian left back is still settling into the Arsenal defense, and he didn’t make his task easy this evening by being booked with 15 minutes on the clock for a late body check on Valbuena. Often overplayed in dangerous areas, but equally he ran purposefully forward and posed problems to OM. Looked like a winger playing in defence.
On his return to France, the former Lorient center back looked nervy, particularly when hurried in possession. Snuffed out the threat of several dangerous probing passes by smart reading of the game.
Spent much of his evening on the periphery of the game, occasionally dancing past a challenge or two but all too often gifting the ball away needlessly. Azpilicueta would have probably expected a more persistently challenging evening.
Booked for a blatant foul after only four minutes after gifting possession away in a dangerous area of the park. Took a handful of needless risks when playing out of defense, though he held his position well throughout and restricted Marseille’s space to play impressively. Made one vital challenge amid a second-half scramble.
Not a particularly sparkling performance from the man expected to be the Gunners’ chief playmaker. Saw plenty of the ball, but too often his passing went astray, even in moments when he was not necessarily under great pressure.
Played in a deeper role than he is often accustomed, but when Arsenal was in possession he set its tempo by passing the ball short. Though he kept possession well, Van Persie in particular wanted quicker service from the Spaniard. Could have done more defensively, too.
Offered the most regular threat of Arsenal’s offensive midfielders, often finding space to gallop into down the right hand side. Has been criticized for a lack of a final ball, and will doubtless have to fend off the same accusations after this performance. Withdrawn after 66 minutes.
R. van Persie
After a virtuoso performance at the weekend, the Dutchman was far quieter in France, though he nearly supplied a winning goal right at the death prior to Ramsey’s intervention. Moved well and wanted swifter service to allow him in behind the defence.
- 1 G. Bracigliano
- 13 D. Traoré
- 26 J. Sabo
- 31 G. Roland
Came on right at the death.
Replaced Lucho but didn't have time to make a big impact.
Offered a more physical presence in attack, though OM were so defensively minded late on he never had a chance to shine.
- 21 Ł. Fabiański
Came on to play at right-back. Was very harshly booked after winning a 50-50 challenge with Morel.
- 39 F. Coquelin
Played little over 10 minutes, but scored the winner.
- 30 Y. Benayoun
- 29 M. Chamakh
Brought on to liven up the attack, and it was a change that worked.