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Marseille vs. Arsenal UCL Preview, Prediction and Line-up

Marseille vs Arsenal preview by KJ

The first game of the Champions league group stage is upon us and as we all know, it’s the most difficult and competitive group of them all. We face by far the easiest team in Marseille and even they are definitely no pushover. They have quality players like Valbuena and Thauvin who can damage us if we aren’t careful.

Van Persie should listen to loyal Valbuena

What is going on? Footballers showing loyalty to their clubs were thought to be a thing of the past! First RVP is told to repay Arsenal’s faith and reject any big money offers for him. Today, Talksport reports that the reported Arsenal target Mathieu Valbuena has abandoned any plans he had to join Arsene Wenger in the Premier league.

The 27-year old French international midfielder has been at Marseille since 2006. He has ruled out a move to Arsenal because Didier Deschamps’ Marseille have just suffered an awful season, finishing 10th in the league and failing to qualify for European competition next season.

Arsenal target £20m French playmaker to replace Nasri

Arsene Wenger (and the Arsenal fans!) will be hoping that the contract situation with Samir Nasri is sorted out this week to everyone’s satisfaction, but it seems that Wenger is looking at possible alternatives if the 24 year-old refuses to put pen to paper.

The French footy paper L’Equipe is convinced that Wenger is going to bid for the Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena as the perfect replacement for Nasri as he can play as an attacking midfielder or winger, and can dribble past opponents like his compatriot.