Marseille v Arsenal – Round #1 to Rambo

WTTGT Reporter: Tashan Deniran-Alleyne


An injury-time winner from Aaron Ramsey gave Arsenal all three points, in their Champions League group game away at Marseille.

Both teams have had miserable starts to their respective league campaigns yet their European form has been a shining light, with the hosts starting the night on top of the group after winning both their opening games.

Arsenal made two changes from the win over Sunderland at the weekend with Andre Santos and Andrei Arshavin coming into the side in place of Kieran Gibbs and Gervinho.

It was the visitors who started the game the brighter of the two, forcing a succession of corners and throw-ins, but the first major talking point of the game came when Carl Jenkinson seemingly handled in his area, but the referee waved away any protests.

Robin van Persie saw his goal bound header cleared off the line, but replays showed Arsenal had a case for a penalty as Marseille defender Souleymane Diawara also handled but the incident went unnoticed by the officials.

The French side seemed content to soak up pressure, looking to hit the visitors on the break and were almost rewarded when French striker Loic Remy latched on to a long ball, showed great skill but saw his shot blocked by Jenkinson.

The first-half ended goalless with neither keeper being called into serious action.

The second half began with the same flow as the first, half chances for both teams but no real clear goalscoring opportunities. Cue a goalmouth scramble in the Arsenal penalty box as they failed to deal with a dangerous cross.

Minutes later Theo Walcott was presented with the first real chance of the game but he failed to get a clean contact on the ball, as the chance went away, it was the gunners in control of the game but the French side still posed a threat as the match entered its dying minutes.

As the game edged towards a goalless draw, a cross from the right found substitute Ramsey in acres of space and the Welshman kept his composure to find the net and give his team all three valuable points.

A truly fantastic night for all involved with Arsenal as they take control of Group F, and with five wins in six games, the confidence is slowly creeping back.

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