Arsenal started with the same team that beat Sunderland at the weekend, apart from the return of Per Mertesacker, with Jenkinson dropping back to the bench. Arsenal needed a good start to quieten the vocal Marseille crowd, but they didn’t get.
It was a difficult first half for the Gunners, as the French team pressed hard and gave very little space for the creative Arsenal players to get the ball down and play their normal game. We lost our cool a bit and invited pressure, but having said that, we defended well and worked hard so Marseille were not able to create many good chances.
It was fast and frenetic, but Arsenal’s sloppy passing was not helping, and Arsene Wenger will have had some words for his team at the break. Whatever he said, it di not make much difference after the restart. Arsenal were getting bogged down on the edge of the Marseille box, but we started to find more space as the half went on.
There was still some sloppy passing, and Marseille started to fashion a few chances, but it was a mistake by Mertesacker that got them closest. Luckily Gibbs was switched on and rescued the situation on the goal line. Soon after, Arsenal created some width and it led to the opening goal when the ball fell to Walcott on the far post from where he lashed in his first goal of the season.
That gave us extra composure and we started to knock it about much better, although you still felt we needed a second. Giroud came close from a corner but should have done better. When Theo came off for Monreal with 13 minutes left, Marseille brought Thauvin on to really have a go. But Arsenal looked the most likely, and after Ozil was inches away, Rambo did what he does and broke into the box to seal the win. His goal proved vital, as Marseile scored in injury time from the penalty spot after Ramsey’s tackle. 10 AWAY WINS IN A ROW is reminiscent of the invincibles.