Arsenal v Marseille: Match preview

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Arsenal v Marseille;
UEFA Champions League;
Emirates Stadium;
Tues, 1st Nov; 1945 KO

Team News

Thomas Vermaelen and Carl Jankinson are both fit to return for Arsenal tonight, while Yossi Benayoun will also play after missing the Chelsea game over terms in his loan deal. Marouane Chamakh (knee) is out, while Keiran Gibbs (stomach), Abou Diaby (ankle), Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Bacary Sagna (ankle) are also not in contention.

Mathier Valbuena, Loic Remy and Jordan Ayew are all likely to start for Marseille, as Didier Deschamps aims for an attacking line-up to build some points in the tournament.

Wenger onto a good thing

Arsene Wenger says he’s tempted to use exactly the same players who defeated Chelsea 5-3 in tonight's Champions League clash, with the Gunners manager taking the attitude that if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

Arsenal are currently undefeated in the Champions League group stages, and are top of the Group F table after a draw in Dortmund and victories against Olympiakos and Marseille a fortnight ago.

And Wenger doesn’t want to repeat the mistakes he made against Shakhtar Donetsk last season, where he changed a successful squad around and lost the match 2-1.

"I am tempted to do it," Wenger said on keeping Saturday’s squad together.

"Sometimes if you take a team on a roll there is no need to change it. You can defend any [decision] but when a team is on a positive experience, why not? That is what I have to decide.


"I [changed players] away from home at Donetsk last season and got punished.”

Wenger admitted though that if Arsenal do falter and come second in the group like last season, they could be at an advantage depending on who else finishes second and first in the other groups.


"First we want to qualify of course,” he added. “But then I [changed the team] when we were qualified [last season] and we paid a heavy price [by finishing second in the Group]. But you could finish first this season and still play Barca!"

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