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UEFA Champions League
November 1, 2011
• Emirates Stadium, London
Referee: P. Tagliavento
• Attendance: 59961
FULL TIME! A frustrating night for Arsenal has they fail to find the net against the French side to secure qualification, but the good news is that their defence manage to keep a clean sheet.
90' + 1'
Vermaelen has a free kick from long range which is blocked, then the rebound falls to van Persie on the left wing, but his cross isn't reached by any of the Arsenal players in the box.
With a large percentage of The Emirates crowd streaming towards the exits, the home side are not giving them any reason to come back as Walcott has a cross from the right blocked by the visitors defence.
Arsenal get a corner on the left after a van Persie cross is blocked, but Mandanda manages to punch the ball clear, with the referee giving a free kick to the Marseille skipper for a foul by Walcott.
Yellow Card Tomas Rosicky
Amalfitano races towards the area, with Arteta tugging his jersey, but he manages to get a cross in which Mertesacker attempts to clear, only for the ball to hit off of Vermaelen and out for a corner.
Andre Ayew has a chance for the visitors as he recieves the ball from a Fanni cross, but the ball goes wide of goal.
van Persie breaks the Marseille offside trap after a superb ball by Rosicky, but the striker's shot is poor as he tries to chip it over Mandanda, but the keeper saves well.
With quarter of an hour left in the match it is Marseille who are looking the strongest, but just like the home side, the final ball is letting them down every time.
Szczesny does his usual and races out of his box in order to clear the ball with his head and fortunately there is no Marseille forward near the keeper as he clears.
Jordan Ayew tries to dance past Vermaelen on the edge of the area, but the Arsenal centre half is having none of it and gets a foot to the ball in order to clear.
van Persie gets his first chance to drive at the Marseille defence, but the Dutchman fails to properly control the ball and it goes out play for a goal kick.
Arsenal are controlling the ball in the midfield area, but they are failing to find the cutting edge to get the advantage in this game.
The home crowd are finally back into the game as their hero van Persie enters the stage, hoping to bring some life to a toothless Arsenal attack.
Robin van Persie
Fanni plays a superb ball to Valbuena, but unfortunately for the French side his shot goes wide of target.
Wayne Veysey: "It has all gone a bit flat here as the two teams cancel each other out. The biggest cheer of the second half was when van Persie ran along the touchline to begin warming up. It is probably only a matter of time before the man-of-the-moment joins proceedings and replaces the disappointing Park, who has looked rather heavy-footed."
Jenkinson comes forward for Arsenal and has an effort from the right wing which is easily saved by Mandanda in the Marseille goal.
Song plays a through ball down the left hand side, but once again Gervinho's first touch is poor and allows Mandanda to clear the ball from danger.
Arsenal have continued the second half as they ended the first. Breaking up Marseille posession in the midfield, but they still can't find the final ball to open up the visiting defence.
Ramsey finds Gervinho on the edge of the area, but the forward's first touch is poor for Arsenal and allows the visitors to comfortably clear the ball.
Arteta hits a free kick from the left which is knocked on by Mertesacker further on to Vermaelen, but his header goes over the bar.
Arsenal get the second half underway.
Wayne Veysey at The Emirates: "A smattering of applause from both sets of supporters at the end of a first half that was end-to-end for the opening half-hour before fizzling out in the lead-up to the break when Marseille began to sit back and opt for the counter-attack. Andre Ayew has lived up to his reputation as one of the most exciting talents in French football with an explosive performance on the left flank. Ramsey was shaking his head as he left the field, perhaps a consequence of blowing the best opportunity that came Arsenal's way when he hesitated with his close-range shot."
HALF TIME! Both sides are level after the visitors had best chances early on, but Arsenal came more into the game later, but are lacking a cutting edge.
The final ball is once again a let down for Arsenal, as both Ramsey and Gervinho miss the ball that would have given the home side an excellent opportunity on the edge of the area.
The free kick from just outside the area was wasted by Arteta, as the ball goes comfortably wide of Mandanda's right hand post.
Yellow Card Alou Diarra
Ramsey makes a superb driving run through the middle of the Marseille defence, but before he can get a shot on goal Diarra takes his legs away from him.
The game has started to settle down from its frantic start, with both sides playing the ball in the midfield area.
Walcott gets the ball on the right wing and floats a cross into the box for the head of Ramsey, but Mandanda is positioned well in order to save the header easily.
The home side are starting to gain control of the game, with the more clear-cut chances, but they still remain level with the French outfit.
Ramsey is the next to have an effort for the Gunners, as the ball reaches him in the centre of the box, but the Welsh midfielder takes too long to pull the trigger and the chance is lost.
Gervinho has another great effort which Mandanda gets down well to save, but Park can't put away the rebound.
Arsenal have a great chance as Gervinho plays a one-two with Ramsey, but unfortunately he can't get his shot off and the ball is cleared from danger.
Goal.com's Wayne Veysey at The Emirates: "We have got a corking atmosphere here, embellished by the wonderfully vocal Marseille followers. And the game has been pretty good too. Marseille raced out of the blocks and caught Arsenal by surprise with the fluency and speed of their attacks, but the home side have come back in to the game now and have created some good opportunities. There might not be eight goals tonight but there should be a couple, at least."
Andre Santos does what he does best, racing forward on left and crossing to the back post for Ramsey, but his shot goes just wide of the post.
Remy once again shows his danger for Marseille, as he skips by Andre Santos easily, but his cross is dealt with by the Arsenal defence.
Arsenal have finally settled into their stride after the early waves of attacks from the French side looked to be causing them trouble.
Gervinho has a shot from just outside the box after Arsenal launch with a quick free kick, but the shot is easily saved by Mandanda.
Szczesny gives some of the the Emirates crowd a scare as he turns inside and out with a Marseille striker racing towards him, but the Polish keeper manages to get the ball away.
Arsenal are given a free kick on the edge of the area, on the left wing as Diawara handles, giving the Gunners a free kick, which they can't make anything of.
Walcott has the first chance for Arsenal as he gets on the end of a pass by Gervinho on the right hand side, but Mandanda gets down well to palm the ball away for a corner to the home side.
Andre Santos loses posession in his own half and the visitors break foward, with Remy having a shot that was deflected for a corner, but the corner came to nothing for Marseille.
A warning shot for Arsenal as Remy makes his way down the right, crossing to Andre Ayew, who puts his shot just wide.
Marseille have started the game with a purpose and are looking to put the Arsenal defence under pressure early on.
Andre Ayew races down the left wing, crossing for his brother Jordan, but his shot goes wide.
Marseille get the game underway.
Subs are: Bracigliano (GK) Azpilicueta, Traore, Lucho Gonzalez, Kabore, Amalfitano, Gignac
Marseille starting line-up is: Mandanda, N'Koulou, Morel, Diawara, Fanni, Diarra, Cheyrou, Valbuena, Remy, A Ayew, J Ayew
Subs are: Fabianski (GK) Koscielny, Djourou, Rosicky, Benayoun, Van Persie, Arshavin
Arsenal starting line-up is: Szczesny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Arteta, Park, Santos, Walcott, Ramsey, Song, Jenkinson, Gervinho
Arsenal are currently sitting top of Group F on seven points, with their visitors only a point behind, while both Olympiakos and Dortmund are on three and one points each.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of Arsenal and Marseille in the Champions League Group F, my name is Matthew Harold and I'll be guilding you through the next 90 minutes.
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