Another must-win game for Arsenal



Arsenal face yet another must win match in the Champions League tonight as they host French side Marseille.

The Premiership leaders sit at the top of an extremely tight group with Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund and Rafa Benitez’s high-flying Napoli side.

Depending on the result in the night’s other game Arsene Wenger’s team could secure qualification to the next round.

Reports in France suggest that Marseille manager Élie Baup may field an under-strength side, with qualification out of reach for the nine-time French champions.

The London side will be hoping French internationals like Mathieu Valbuena and Dimitri Payet are given the night off at The Emirates Stadium.

Theo Walcott could return to the side after a hamstring strain, although Lukas Podolski is unlikely to appear despite returning to first-team training yesterday morning.

Wenger will hope to see another dominant performance from midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

At his pre-match press conference the Frenchman spoke of the Wales international’s qualities, stating that while last season Ramsey would sometimes lose confidence with a mistake, he is now sure of himself.

“He does not hide to take the ball, and when he makes a mistake, he doesn’t hide again. For me that is a quality. He is always available to take the ball and play. Aaron is now a confident boy”.

Ronan Morrissey


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