Confirmed Team and preview of Marseille vs. Arsenal

It is a little bit premature to say that this first game in the Champions League group stage is a must win for Arsenal, but it is very important for the Gunners to get off to a good start in the group of death, and Arsene Wenger will have targeted the French side as one they should aim to take six points from.

Arsenal are going for an incredible 10th straight away win, and will be boosted by the inclusion of Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil in the starting line up. The pair seemed to be forging an understanding in their first game together at Sunderland, so let’s hope that continues tonight.

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Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs
Ramsey, Flamini
Walcott, Ozil, Wilshere
Giroud

A repeat of the under-19s 4 – 1 win earlier would do very nicely indeed, but I don’t think this game is going to be as simple as many fans seem to think. I do expect Marseille to attack, though, and that should leave plenty of room for Arsenal’s many creative players to do their thing. Walcott’s pace down the right could be a key element, and if the England international can find his shooting boots tonight, I think he could fill them, so to speak.

Arsenal’s bench is not very reassuring, so we could do without anyone picking up a knock, especially early on. I expect a few goals, and for the Gunners to edge it, maybe 3 -2.

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183 thoughts on “Confirmed Team and preview of Marseille vs. Arsenal

  1. calarsenalfc

    Can’t wait for arteta to come back he does as good a defensive job as flamini but he can pass too

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      1. mr lean

        great thanks mate a great start to the champions league,hope you are well im still smiling with our result and laughing at Chelsea’s !

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        1. Andrew AFC

          I am great thanks. I can go to work tomorrow with a big smile on my face and laugh at all the Chelsea supporters.

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    1. NY_Gunner

      @Mike
      Yeah, it shows Rambo beat him to the ball. Dudes was draggin his leg and took a dive. Rambo did catch his foot though…

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  2. Tidan2

    he got the ball… and gibbs had the ball before he even fell so there was no way he could score

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  3. Big Gun

    Vital win away from home. Keep pushing gunners, well done it was a tough game. Special mention to Gibbs, Shezza and Ramsey. Well played

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  4. abishek

    I am happy theo got the monkey off his back, I was very disappointing by his Saturday’s performances. Hope he starts competing for golden boot with gioud and I guess even Rambo.

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      1. Henryesk

        Thank You!! I said the same.. It’s games like this where Rosicky or Cazorla would stand up and be counted! Ozil needs INTENSITY!! Just like Theo they need to dominate games they both have the ability to.

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  5. 0xay0

    but as strong the arsenal midfield is they still not able to hold the ball properly, giving lot of attacking option to opponent. we should be more aggresive on midfield.

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  6. Andrew AFC

    Ramsey is my man of the match. He has taken the sh-t and proved himself. Well done lad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. NY_Gunner

      @AndrewAFC
      Were you watching the same match dude?
      Gibbs was by far the MOTM, hands down…

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      1. Andrew AFC

        Did you read my comment. Ramsey has been put down by some supports and has scored another goal. To me that shows real guts and dedication when he could have gone down hill and thats why he’s my man of the match.

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  7. Balke

    the great teams win even though they dont play their best, so awesome win..can we please quit with the “where are the rambo haters now” bit…he was terrible but looks like a completely different player now, his transformation may be one of the most remarkable turnarounds in history..i admit i hated him for awhile but man i am as happy as anyone he has turned it around..great effing win

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  8. shere-willpower

    Unfortunately most fans don’t understand when a pitch is bad. Both teams looked awful. I knew something was wrong.

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  9. Jake the Snake

    I also thought Wilshere was OUTSTANDING! He was at the centre of every move we created

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  10. Moweis

    Mr.brightside
    Lemme reiterate! Giroud was awful whether he scored or not I still think he is not the finish article, so why don’t u speak for yourself son

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  11. smiley

    Gibb’s(man of the match),walcott has proven his doubter wrong,Ramsey can help but score( nice game,nice finish,nice defensive play, continue like this and I assure u and award from. Arsenal. 4 ur efforts nd some trophies to. Add to ur glory

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  12. smiley

    Arsenal senior and junior team Went to france and did a very good job.Up arsenal,its not easy winning with 8 senior players injured,if any club say dey can survive with 6 senior Players. Out,let dem try.. even barca,bayern,madrid.e.t.c can survive well

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