Former Chelsea star undistracted by Arsenal talk

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Former Chelsea midfielder and current Marseille boss Didier Deschamps insists he has given little thought to a European meeting with Arsenal as he has domestic issues to address prior to their UEFA Champions League match-up reports

After an impressive 3-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund last night, the Ligue 1 giants maintain their 100 per cent start to the group stage.

Next up for Deschamps' side is a double header with Arsenal, with the Gunners due in France on October 19 before heading back to the Emirates Stadium on November 1.

The fixtures will give the ex-Blues star an opportunity to go head-to-head with his fellow French tactician Arsene Wenger, and return to London having enjoyed a successful season at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea.


Deschamps knows that a victory in either of the Arsenal encounters will put Marseille on course for the knockout stages but, with the club currently languishing in the bottom half of the domestic table, they have far more pressing issues to iron out.

"A win against Arsenal? I am only thinking about the game with Brest and enjoying a good end to the week," Deschamps told L'Equipe following the midweek victory over Dortmund.

"Being a top club is about producing your best every three or four days.

"The league must remain the priority, but we have two matches coming up against the top seeds in our group. We have to get points against them."

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