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Gunners in Marseille stalemate

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Arsenal were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw against Marseille - but moved a step closer to qualification with a point at the Emirates.

Robin Van Persie was rested for the Group F clash, with striker Park Chu-Young making his Champions League debut in-place of the Dutchman.

But the best chances fell to Aaron Ramsey and Gervinho during a game to forget, with both spurning chances in the opening 45 minutes after a fast start from the Ligue 1 side.

Loic Remy fired wide from distance after some good work from the visitors, and the French international was close to intercepting a Carl Jenkinson back pass before Wojicech Szczesny side-stepped the striker.

Van Persie, Thomas Rosicky and Andrey Arshavin were all introduced midway through the period, but it did little to spark the Gunners into life during what was, in truth, a match lacking in excitement.

The result leads both teams well placed to qualify from the group, with Arsene Wenger's side holding a one point advantage over Didier Deschamps' team and a four point gap to Borussia Dortmund, who beat Olympiakos 1-0 on the night to leapfroged the Greek's into third.

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