Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised his side's discipline after maintaining control of Champions League Group G with a draw at home to Marseille.

The Gunners created much the better openings throughout the evening, with Aaron Ramsey and substitute Robin van Persie both going close either side of half-time.

The stalemate keeps Wenger's side in pole position to qualify for the last-16 as group winners virtue of their win over the Ligue 1 side a fortnight ago and Wenger says he was satisfied with the night's work.

"I felt it was a game where we were not physically at our sharpest," he said.

"Marseille started stronger than us and after that we got back in the game. In the first half I feel we had opportunities to kill the game.

"After that we were disciplined, we were willing, but you have to give credit to Marseille - they defended very well.

"They stopped us from playing and we were not sharp enough to get them out of position. The positives are that we did not concede a goal, Marseille only had one shot on target and overall we know that in the final third we can do better."

Victory would have secured passage to the knock-out phase of the Champions League for Arsenal with two games to spare, all the while in the knowledge that if they missed out, a win coming on match-day five against Borussia Dortmund would also assure qualification.

Their win over Didier Deschamps' side at the Stade Velodrome gives the north Londoners a point cushion at the top, and Wenger says his side are favourites for top spot.

"Well we wanted to achieve that tonight but you have to say as well to be fair that we have taken four points against Marseille in our two games," he added. "Four points overall is not too bad.

"I just looked at the numbers of Olympiacos, who did extremely well tonight.

"They dominated possession and they played very well. Everybody thought that Olympiacos would be the easy game but you could see that even in Dortmund tonight they lost just 1-0.

"They were strong in the game from what I've heard. If we win our next home game we have a good chance."

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