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November 26, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ Antonio Mateu‎
Attendance:‬ 59912‎
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 2-0 Marseille

Jack Wilshere struck either side of half-time to give the Gunners a comfortable home win despite Mesut Ozil's penalty miss and keep them top of Group F

By Greg Stobart at Emirates Stadium

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    181
    6
    3.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Had very little to do but was sharp off his line and made a big save to deny Thauvin twice when he was needed in the second half.

  • Bacary Sagna
    149
    17
    2.50

    Bacary Sagna

    Played a lovely ball to set up Wilshere's opener. Solid defensive performance from the Frenchman and always looking to get forward.

  • Per Mertesacker
    164
    8
    3.00

    Per Mertesacker

    An imposing performance from the German giant. Excellent anticipation and never gave the Marseille forwards a sniff.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    141
    14
    2.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Was always alert to read the danger and deny Marseille chances on goal.

  • Monreal
    150
    17
    2.50

    Monreal

    A few loose passes from the Spaniard but otherwise a decent display and was good going forward. Made an important clearance off the line in the second half.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    153
    14
    3.00

    Tomas Rosicky

    Classy use of the ball as ever from the Czech midfielder, particularly when he played in a more central role in the second half.

  • Jack Wilshere
    286
    7
    4.00

    Jack Wilshere Top of the Match

    Arsenal's man of the night and his best performance of the season so far. Combined a glorious run and superb finish to open the scoring after just 27 seconds before doubling the lead after the break. Almost set up a second for Ramsey and caused problems whenever he picked the ball up in space.

  • Mesut Özil
    191
    95
    2.00

    Mesut Özil

    A mixed night and rather tired display from the £40 million man. Lovely assist for Wilshere but he miscontrolled in the box when he should have scored and tamely placed his penalty for Mandanda to save.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    167
    20
    3.00

    Aaron Ramsey

    An all-action midfield display from the Welshman. Won the ball in midfield, started attacks with his drive and passing, and was a threat himself in the final third. Should have scored in the first half when he was denied by Mandanda but did brilliantly to win the penalty.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    161
    7
    3.00

    Mathieu Flamini

    A typically solid performance screening the back four and used the ball well to pass quickly to Arsenal's creative players.

  • Olivier Giroud
    132
    29
    2.50

    Olivier Giroud

    The Frenchman the line with his usual strength and movement and linked up well with the midfielders when he had his back to goal.

Substitutions

  • Mikel Arteta
    102
    12

    Mikel Arteta

    Came on for Ozil with eight minutes remaining.

  • Santi Cazorla
    122
    13
    2.50

    Santi Cazorla

    Put in a lively cameo after replacing Rosicky with 15 minutes remaining.

  • Theo Walcott
    118
    18
    2.50

    Theo Walcott

    The flying winger's second appearance since September was a welcome sight for Arsenal fans when he came on for Wilshere in the 75th minute. Poked wide when through on goal in added time.

  • Steve Mandanda
    54
    19
    3.50

    Steve Mandanda

    Kept the visitors in the game with some wonderful saves, most notably to keep out Ozil's penalty at full stretch.

  • Kassim Abdallah
    10
    29
    2.50

    Kassim Abdallah

    Looked very susceptible to Arsenal's attacking movement early on but improved as the game went on.

  • N. N'Koulou
    3
    29
    2.00

    N. N'Koulou

    The much-hyped central defender made some good interceptions but was often off the pace, conceding the penalty in the first-half before being booked for a cynical challenge on Ozil.

  • Lucas
    6
    30
    2.00

    Lucas

    Far too casual in the first minute as he allowed Wilshere to jink on to his favoured left foot and barely improved thereafter.

  • Jérémy Morel
    6
    35
    1.50

    Jérémy Morel Flop of the Match

    The left-back went completely missing in the first half, not least for Arsenal's opener, and was fortunate not to be further punished.

  • Mario Lemina
    6
    27
    2.50

    Mario Lemina

    Worked hard in central midfield but struggled to get near Arsenal's midfield players.

  • Alaixys Romao
    3
    29
    2.50

    Alaixys Romao

    Like Lemina, did little wrong but could not impose himself on the ball and spent most of the night closing down Arsenal players.

  • G. Imbula
    7
    27
    2.00

    G. Imbula

    Meant to operate in the No.10 role for the visitors but did nothing of note before being replaced by Thauvin in the 57th minute.

  • André Pierre Gignac
    10
    24
    2.50

    André Pierre Gignac

    Looked a little bit like a poor man's Giroud. Worked hard as the lone frontman and ran the channels well without ever seriously threatening the Arsenal backline.

  • Jordan Ayew
    6
    26
    2.50

    Jordan Ayew

    Showed a couple of glimpses of his pace in the first half - but most of it was without the ball as he was forced to track back and defend. Replaced by Valbuena in the 57th minute.

  • Saber Khlifa
    10
    26
    2.50

    Saber Khlifa

    Very little involvement in the first-half but looked better after the break after coming off the wing into more central positions.

Substitutions

  • Benoît Cheyrou
    7
    21

    Benoît Cheyrou

    Came on for Lemina in the 82nd minute.

  • Florian Thauvin
    41
    18
    3.00

    Florian Thauvin

    Made a difference after coming on in the 57th minute and was twice kept out by excellent saves from Szczesny.

  • Mathieu Valbuena
    24
    19
    2.50

    Mathieu Valbuena

    Some classy touches and passes after replacing Ayew in the 57th minute.

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Group A Matchday 4
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