Marseille vs. Arsenal review – Gunners’ class counts on tough night

Arsenal started with the same team that beat Sunderland at the weekend, apart from the return of Per Mertesacker, with Jenkinson dropping back to the bench. Arsenal needed a good start to quieten the vocal Marseille crowd, but they didn’t get.

It was a difficult first half for the Gunners, as the French team pressed hard and gave very little space for the creative Arsenal players to get the ball down and play their normal game. We lost our cool a bit and invited pressure, but having said that, we defended well and worked hard so Marseille were not able to create many good chances.

It was fast and frenetic, but Arsenal’s sloppy passing was not helping, and Arsene Wenger will have had some words for his team at the break. Whatever he said, it di not make much difference after the restart. Arsenal were getting bogged down on the edge of the Marseille box, but we started to find more space as the half went on.

There was still some sloppy passing, and Marseille started to fashion a few chances, but it was a mistake by Mertesacker that got them closest. Luckily Gibbs was switched on and rescued the situation on the goal line. Soon after, Arsenal created some width and it led to the opening goal when the ball fell to Walcott on the far post from where he lashed in his first goal of the season.

That gave us extra composure and we started to knock it about much better, although you still felt we needed a second. Giroud came close from a corner but should have done better. When Theo came off for Monreal with 13 minutes left, Marseille brought Thauvin on to really have a go. But Arsenal looked the most likely, and after Ozil was inches away, Rambo did what he does and broke into the box to seal the win. His goal proved vital, as Marseile scored in injury time from the penalty spot after Ramsey’s tackle. 10 AWAY WINS IN A ROW is reminiscent of the invincibles.

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103 thoughts on “Marseille vs. Arsenal review – Gunners’ class counts on tough night

      1. muda

        Durtmund might find it tough coz napoli got an advantage and am confident that we gunners gonna finish TOP of the group.. RAMSEY is that YOU?? THEO are you back and ready now?? Hope so…COYG

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  1. motifs

    f*ck yeah!!! 3 points away from home well deserved!!!

    and even sweeter that chelsea lost at home!! hahahaha

    COYG

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    1. Gunnersway

      -SPOILER ALERT-

      S*it.. I was looking forward to watching the highlights without any info.
      Haha

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  2. JADON

    If we can gring up results like this without the likes of Santi, Arteta, Podolski etc..Then we are in for a wonderful season. Lets go Gunners.

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  3. haqster

    thx to the lads for a resilient performance against a tough marsielle side. COYG!!

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  4. Noldo....Durban Gunner

    That was a real “away from home” performance…well done guys, we on our way to shutting lots of mouths

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  5. juhislihis

    Dear Chelsea,

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH

    Sincerely yours,

    Arsenal fans

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  6. th14

    Good away performance.
    Bad first half but very efficient second half, MOTM is definately gibbs. And with walcott finally getting on the score sheet maybe now you vultures can lay off him lol.

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    1. th14

      Also monreal has a worldclass delivery every single ball he put in was dangerous him and santi will link up well on the left.

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  7. goonerretic

    That wasnt a penalty..Anyway 3 in the bag..lets make it 7 more to go..Well done

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  8. Gooner4Life

    What an important 3 points!!! I agree with Arsene that 10 will do in this group, so we need 7 from our next 5 games! Provided we beat Marseille at home too, then we just need 4 points from our 4 games against Napoli and Dortmund.

    Qualification to the knockout stages looks less daunting now

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  9. Mallu_Gooner

    Our players looked very tired tonight. Hope they freshen up on saturday when we play neanderthals.

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    1. Bpaix

      i agree about everyone beeig tired except ramsey. He is a stamina monster. World’s best box to box middlefielder so far!

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      1. NY_Gunner

        @Bpaix
        You mean Gibbs was the only one who didn’t look tired. He was the effin enrgizer bunny all night…lol

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    2. red-ironstag

      The pitch was very sticky. Ball wasn’t coming on it. So it slowed down the pace. Players will fresh up on sunday.

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  10. gamer

    Solid performace . Flamani will be a very important player for us this season. Give ozil a few games to settle in a lot has happend to him last few weeks he needs to settle. Wilshire and ramsey was great, it was wilshire forward play mentality that started the first goal. And gibs was my motm

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    1. NY_Gunner

      @gamer
      I think the boys from Cell Bock S(Stoke) are gonna bounce Ozil around a bit. He does look a bit frail.They might try an take him out…

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  11. nyc

    welldone arsenal. great away performance… ramsey has 6 goals this season so far. more than even giroud lol. hope he gets more.

    group f results

    marseille 1-2 arsenal
    napoli 2-1 dortmund

    ideal results for us!!!

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    1. AFCEdwards

      Not AT ALL. Just because he didn’t get a goal or an assist it doesn’t mean he was poor. You should be asking if he was good anyway (optimism).

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  12. Greg

    Well done theo and ”rambo” a well deserved hard fought win away from home! We started off a little slow, but got the job done away from home and 3 priceless points! Nice way of shutting the mouths of your critics theo! Coyg!

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  13. Mike

    MOTM Gibbs
    Ramsey comes a close second cos he was everywhere again and even got us the winner.
    Flamini was a liability, the space in front of our defense was shocking.
    Theo will get a confidence boost with the goal and start banging them in.
    Sczesny was awesome.

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  14. Jim A

    There has to be something done as far as replay for penalties. Imagine losing 1-0 on something like that. Ramsey was playing the ball out and the player trips over his foot AFTER the ball is kicked away. Saw the replay in 10-15 seconds, took a minute to set up the kick. Have someone in the booth say ‘no penalty he got his foot on ball first’.

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    1. permagooner

      How about actually using the officials behind the goals. In 95% of the games they are nothing more than statues.

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  15. georgie b

    Beautiful strike by Aaron Ramsey.

    Wonder if the thought of Aaron as a striker has ever crossed AW’s mind?

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    1. jackieboy

      Why, we have a striker who is scoring goals already. One thing we’ve had under Wenger’s successful teams has been a goalscoring midfielder to help out (Pires, Llungberg). You put him up front you restrict his ability and lessen the threat from the team offensively.

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      1. georgie b

        Ah yes, jackie boy your’e right. like I said just wondering.

        Wasn’t there a player named Thierry Henry who was groomed by Arsene to be a striker?

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        1. jackieboy

          That question makes very little if no sense at all, but, are you comparing Rambo now to a young Titi?

          Thierry was a winger, who was given his debut for Monaco by Wenger as a striker. He was pushed wide by Wenger and kept there after Wenger got sacked until he came to Arsenal and when Wenger played him as a striker because the attributes he had were that of a striker, it’s just knowone could see it other than Wenger. Plus I wouldn’t say he was groomed to become a striker, he was bought as one.

          Rambo is a box-to-box midfielder, his attributes are fitting of that role and it is where he belongs. His goals this season aren’t an indication that he would be fitting of a strikers role because all of them have come from midfield due to him either starting a move or making runs into the box as an extra body which is what great midfielders all do. If he should be groomed for anything it should be to be the type of player Bryan Robson was, or that Bastien Schweinsteiger is now.

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  16. mjGooner

    Strong fight from the gunners.
    A few seasons ago we wud of lost a match like this. We are a stronger team these days.
    Ps……Chelski dont look so special these days :)

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  17. mr lean

    great performance and great result so lets all celebrate this and no negative comments tonight !

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    1. Andrew AFC

      I couldn’t have said it better we are all Gooners lets get behind the team and with faith you can move mountains. If we win the CL I wouldn’t stop smiling for a decade. GOYG

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      1. mr lean

        this team has something special about it and when we have a fully fit squad to choose from well everything will be possible for us to compete for and win

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  18. PatLloyd

    10 staright away wins
    6 straight wins
    Most points in BPL since January

    This good run of ‘form’ is quickly turning out to be just a very good team

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  19. jackieboy

    All Rambo needs to do is break Shawcross in half on Sunday and his recovery will be complete. Had a blinder again, don’t stop anytime soon fella!

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  20. Bpaix

    even if ramsey plays like shiit for the rest of the season it would still be better than last year. Well done aaron. well done. Stamina monster! Ramires, fernadinho, cleverly, paulinho, henderson eat his dust!

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    1. JVGunner

      I know right? And how much did we pay for him? How much did those guys cost? Lol. Le Profe is pure class.

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    2. permagooner

      You are right. What makes Ramsey’s rise so amazing is how far he had to climb. For nearly the entire year of 2012 Ramsey frankly played horribly nearly every game. Although I normally detest this over used phrase, it really applies to this case….. he really is like a new signing.

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  21. Archangel

    nicely done chaps!

    Quite sterile first half, but great realization in the second one, amazing both goals and another soft penalty to go with it..

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  22. Archangel

    One does get a feeling Theo put all of his frustrations into that strike…3 goalies couldnt keep that one out

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  23. T-shirt

    a good win,what a spirited performance,i reserve my observations for the next day,özil wasnt poor,its just that he didnt get much of the ball,arsenal needed a link from defence to attack and flamini couldnt offer that,i could count his backpasses.but he was superb in defending.there is something about this team.

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  24. mr lean

    lots of great performances tonight,gibbs motm followed by ramsey,jack,flamini and giroud well played to all though

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  25. ejieddy

    It’s amazing how people (esp the media and so called pundits) are quick to slate one team as title contenders and some as non title contenders. They sang the praise of chelsea all through, saying they will qualify with ease and arsenal will struggle in their group and won’t qualify. I wonder what they would say tomorrow abt arsenal and the excuse they wld giv 4 chelsea. Anywys, it’s gud 2 be outsiders as it makes victory even sweeter and well deserved. Great win guys. COYG!!!

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    1. Manofsteel

      From the word of Mr Wenger himself (with that cheekey smile of his) “We shall do our talking on the pitch” haha.
      In the last 18 games arsenal have won 15, drawn 2 and last 1. Whose next?

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  26. mark

    Like Ramsey said the pitch was slow, and that forces us to change our approach…which we did second half after waiting for Marseille to tire. We then applied the pressure until a world class goal from Walcott steadied the nerves, and none of us EVER doubted him…!!

    Well ok, we were a tad worried, but with that strike he should get a massive boost to confidence and start sticking the scrappier ones away.

    Great result.

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  27. RSH

    Dont say it a lot, but Gibbs MOTM. He really saved our butts, plus grabbed an assist. Could only follow the first half of the match and he was excellent. So hard to not watch the secound half of a match like this, thank goodness we won! We’re visibly starting to get tired though. Except a lot of players to be rested at Stoke.

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      1. RSH

        probably just Theo (Gnabry or Ryo replace) and a defender(start Vermaelean). But we can’t keep playing everyone or we’ll tire out. I’m getting the feeling we might BS the League Cup match against WBA, and just pray for a win instead. These injuries are really killing us.

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  28. ddaall

    Flamini worked very hard, without really having the ball. Meet played well apart from one scary moment. Great away win.

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    1. DanielC1989

      he was our worst player regardless of how hard he works. he left a lot of gaps and misplaced too many passes

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  29. T-shirt

    lol everyone looked jaded except szczeny and of course ramsey,the man was so efficient,he’s stamina and shot haa improved tremendously. giroud needs a rest,he couldnt win most of the aerial balls which is unlike him.

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    1. NY_Gunner

      @T-shirt
      Gibbs and Szczeny were the only guys who were solid throughout the match. The rest came on in spurts.

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  30. NickTheYank

    3 points for Arsenal
    3 points for Napoli
    0 points for Dortmund
    0 points for Marseille

    0 points for Chelsea……bwaaahaahhahahhahahahahaahhhahahhaha lost at home to FC Basel.

    Rather sloppy game from the lads but Theo breaks his goalless drought and Rambo keeps on scoring!

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      1. haywill

        it’s still 6 pm here cant sleep yet. and i’ve got a homework to finish due tomorrow :( :(

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  31. Greg

    ”chelski”s losing to fc basel is probably the upset of the day! Hmm! ”the special one, isnt looking so special anymore”! Lol!

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  32. permagooner

    Walcott buried the finish of the season so far and I barely see his name mentioned here. His finish was critical for this win yet…… if you read the comments here you would barely notice he even played.

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  33. T-shirt

    hopefully the team would freshen up and take stoke to the cleaners.congratulations to the team and good night to you all.

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  34. ArashBehnia

    This is what a trophy hungry team does or a WINNING team does, no matter the cost the 3 points must be achieved, thats how Man U won the league last season. We just can’t stop winning, no matter who we face, I say bring on Messi and let get revenge for his 4 goals… People say Ozil was not who we needed, but look at the difference he has caused a team where at least 5 key players are injured. He bring hope and optimism and plays superb too.

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  35. John Legend

    What on earth did Arsene do to Ramsey??? Or maybe, what in Holy God’s name did Ramsey do to himself??? He is really turning into invincible and invisible. He scores they(opponents) don’t expect.

    Perfect start to UCL, 2013/201 season

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  36. 209Gunner

    Hope now all the wa*kers will stop giving TW14 the piss. Good Job today from the boys.

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  37. John Legend

    What on earth did Arsene do to Ramsey??? Or maybe, what in Holy God’s name did Ramsey do to himself??? He is really turning into invincible and invisible. He scores they(opponents) don’t expect.

    Perfect start to UCL, 2013/2014 season

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  38. RSH

    Ramsey keeps on scoring. I feel like Hollywood’s about to burn to the ground soon if this doesnt stop.

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  39. abishek

    Ramsay is playing awesome but many player have their moments or some games where they look very sharp. Can he manage this level of performance for the rest of the season and against the top 6 teams? Now if he manages that level of performance then clearly we can lift the Title. Season is too early to judge the team and ramsay, yes both the team and he are on a roll but Jan 1st is the best time to judge the team and ramsay, if they continue this form and beat two of chelsea,ManU,ManC,Lpool and draw other two then YES we can really pull this off and Ramsay will be Player of the season.

    But I am really encouraged to believe in this team(The last time I felt this way was when fabregas, nasri, RVP, song played for us).

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  40. deedoherty

    Great away performance, stuck it out well in the 1st half, came out the 2nd half and played the well we all know we can. Gibbs was outstanding, onwards and upwards to the next game bring on stoke at home.

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  41. Bpaix

    what if a player who is celabrating about a goal he just scored takes of his shirt and there is another same (team’s official) shirt underneath. Does he still yellowed by the referee?

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    1. NickTheYank

      Only an Arsenal player would be… And they’d find a reason to ban Wenger for 3 matches for it too!

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  42. Aharsenal

    Gibbo is MOTM today. he has become one of the best LB in epl. Forza gunners….. Now we really need our players back u kw what I really miss rosicky…. his tempo,pressing is crucial to our team. Rambo has surprised everyone including Arsen. want to see more from RYO………… andiyamo

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  43. smiley

    Gibbs (man of The match),Stamford bridge has. Fallen on mourinho’s. Head,chelsea sorry ya!, and Messi scored hat-trick to catch up with ronaldo..

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  44. lucia

    Some of us fans I don’t know what match you were watching..flamini in the first half was our motm..did you guys saw how many times he had to cover for gibbs who was awful in the first half and he won some balls in the middle of the park and oh yes is because wenger took him off that’s why we conceded..I thought walcot was great today and so was jack and ramsey. scescny needs to cut out those mistakes. overall they defended as a unit and that is what a team needs to grind out result in a match like this…and monreal looked great when he came on..I suggest wenger give gibbs a break my motm is still gibbs though

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