Arsenal Vs. Marseille, 2011 UEFA Champions League Matchday 4: 0-0 At The Emirates

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Arsenal Vs. Marseille, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Scoreless Draw At The Emirates

Arsenal were better than Marseille at the Emirates Stadium but failed to do much with it, leaving both teams in good position in UEFA Champions League Group F with two days left. Watching the two sides play, you got the impression that Marseille would be happy to settle for a draw, and that some divine power was on their side, because Arsenal simply couldn't turn their first half dominance into goals. For a little while, it seemed as though whenever a red-shirted player had the ball, they were finding new and hitherto unexplored ways on failing to score, including Park Chu-Young's amazing 'stand around until someone takes the ball from me' routine, which will be long-remembered by absolutely nobody.

The second half started in similar fashion, although Marseille managed to get back into the game towards the end and finished fairly strongly. Arsene Wenger knew that a win here would virtually secure top spot in the group and avoid a repeat of last season, where his team faced Barcelona in the first knockout round, and so committed his trump card to the fray: Robin van Persie, hat trick hero against Chelsea over the weekend, came on in the 62nd minute and very nearly won the game shortly thereafter, lifting a delicate chip over Steve Mandanda's head, but not over his arms - the veteran goalkeeper caught the shot.

That was Arsenal's last and best chance. We're still waiting for Marseilles'.


Arsenal Vs. Marseille, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Lineups

Arsenal vs. Marseille isn't exactly an earth-shattering matchup, but after a crazy series of events in which Borussia Dortmund inexplicably failed to beat everyone in their path that historians are calling the '2011/12 season' it looks like this is a battle for the top of Group F. An Arsenal win here would put the Gunners at ten points and in prime position to win the group. There's no reason whatsoever that they can't get one.

Arsenal (4-3-3): Wojciech Szczesny; Andre Santos, Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen, Carl Jenkinson; Alex Song, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey; Gervinho, Park Chu-Young, Theo Walcott.

Substitutes: Tomas Rosicky, Robin van Persie, Yossi Benayoun, Andrei Arshavin, Johan Djourou, Lukasz Fabianski, Laurent Koscielny.

Marseille (4-4-2): Steve Mandanda; Nicolas N'Koulou, Souleymane Diawara, Jeremy Morel, Rod Fanni; Alou Diarra, Benoit Cheyrou, Andre Ayew, Mathieu Valbuena; Jordan Ayew, Loic Remy.

Substitutes: Djimi Traore, Lucho Gonzalez, Morgan Amalfitano, Andre-Pierre Gignac, Gennaro Bracigliano, Cesar Azpilicueta, Charles Kabore.


Arsenal Vs. Marseille, 2011 UEFA Champions League Matchday 4 Preview: Here We Go Again

Arsenal face Marseille in Champions League Matchday Four. Does this sound familiar? It should, because it's the same game as Matchday Three only with Arsenal as the home team this time. Can you say excitement?

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