Arsenal v Marseille: Both sides to find back of net

Arsenal have been tackled in possession more often than any other team

Arsenal will turn their attention to the Champions league on Tuesday night as they host Marseille at the Emirates Stadium.

Following their sensational 5-3 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend, the Gunners will be hoping to extend their lead at the top of Group F to four points with a win over last season’s Ligue 1 runners-up.

Two weeks ago, chances were few and far between when these two sides met at the Stade Vélodrome and Aaron Ramsey scored the only goal of the game with a stoppage time winner to secure the points for Arsenal. Incidentally, that was the only game in the last seven in which Arsenal have managed to keep a clean sheet. Since then, the two sides have each won three domestic matches and head into this game with added confidence having both recovered from respective difficult starts to the season. Thomas Vermaelen has been declared fit for the Gunners and looks set to be included in the squad.

Having netted a hat-trick against Chelsea on Saturday, Robin Van Persie has now scored 28 goals in his last 27 Premier League games and Arsène Wenger will be hoping his goalscoring heroics continue in Europe. Attacking support for the Dutchman has been much improved in recent weeks but Arsenal have still been tackled in possession more often than any other team in the Champions League and their reliance on their captain will not be eased by the likes of Ramsey, Alex Song and Mikel Arteta dallying on the ball unnecessarily. Carelessness in midfield will play into the hands of Marseille’s Mathieu Valbuena who will look to support Jordan Ayew and Loic Remy on the counter-attack.

Marseille have scored 12 goals in their last four away games in the Champions League and will fancy their chances of breaching a vulnerable Arsenal defence. However, the Gunners have scored at least two goals in 10 of their previous 14 games in all competitions and they will look to win the game by outscoring their opponents rather than by shutting them out.

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Written By:- Richard Hodge (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 01/11/2011 - 09:15 AM
Filed in:- Arsenal Betting News, Arsenal

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