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Arsenal v Marseille : Champions League Match Preview

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By: Tyrone King 26 Nov 2013 10:48:57

Arsenal v Marseille : Champions League Match Preview

Arsenal will face Marseille in the Champions League Group F tie at the Emirates on Tuesday, where a victory for the Gunners will put them in a strong position to qualify to the next round.

The Gunners are on a roll here. They returned back strongly in the league after the international break with a victory against Southampton in the weekend. They earned a comfortable 2-0 win against the Saints and moved 4 points clear at the top of the table. In Europe, they are on top of the table as well with Napoli with 9 points and another victory on Tuesday will take them into a very good position to qualify.

Marseille have lost their 7 matches in the Champions League including the qualifiers while the Gunners have won 6 out of their last 7 matches in the Champions League. They are firm favourite to win this game and are 1/4 with Ladbrokes to beat Marseille.

Arsenal Team News:

Arsene Wenger has no major injury issues ahead of this game. Midfielder Mikel Arteta took a knock against Southampton, but he is fit enough to play. Mathieu Flamini missed the last match against the Saints due to suspension, the Frenchman is expected to take the midfield.

Jack Wilshere could be rested while Tomas Rosicky may come into contention. Theo Walcott made his return from injury at the weekend but Wenger probably won’t start with him for this tie.

Arsenal Possible Line-Up:

The defence will likely to be the same but there could be few alterations in the midfield areas, with few players could be rested at home.

Szczesny; Gibbs, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Sagna; Ramsey, Flamini; Cazorla, Ozil, Rosicky; Giroud

Prediction: 2-0; Marseille’s record in this competition is pretty poor while the Gunners are buzzing in confidence at the moment.

 


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