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Match facts: Marseille v Arsenal

Published: Sunday 16 October 2011, 21.45CET
Match facts: Marseille v Arsenal
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Published: Sunday 16 October 2011, 21.45CET

Match facts: Marseille v Arsenal


UEFA milestones
• Marseille have lost 49 matches in UEFA competition.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• The French team are one of four clubs still to concede a goal in the group stage.

• Rod Fanni completes a two-game suspension following his red card on matchday one; Jordan Ayew is banned having been sent off against Borussia Dortmund. Jérémy Morel's next booking will incur a suspension.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 15 October: Toulouse FC 0-0 Olympique de Marseille
Mandanda; Morel, N'Koulou, Diawara, Fanni; Cheyrou, Lucho, Kaboré, Amalfitano; Rémy (J Ayew 61), A Ayew (Gignac 83)

• Already without the suspended Alou Diarra, Mathieu Valbuena and Cesar Azpilicueta, Marseille were further depleted following the 58th-minute dismissal of Charles Kaboré.

• OM have won more games in the UEFA Champions League (two out of two) than in Ligue 1 (one/ten) this season.

• Valbuena has claimed assists for all four of Loïc Rémy's league goals this season.

• André Ayew has scored three goals in his last three appearances.

• On 7 October Marseille defeated Ligue 2 side AS Monaco FC 4-1 in a friendly at Carpentras, with goals from Jean-Philippe Sabo, Jordan Ayew, Lucho González and Chris Gadi.

• Marseille went bottom of Ligue 1 for the first time in six years following their 2-0 defeat at Olympique Lyonnais on 18 September.

• OM's 2-0 victory over Évian Thonon Gaillard FC on 21 September was their first league win in ten attempts, since a 3-0 triumph against Stade Brestois 29 on 11 May; their worst sequence under Didier Deschamps.

• Marseille will take on RC Lens in the last 16 of the French League Cup on 26 October.

Injury news
• Benoît Cheyrou has been struggling with a hamstring problem but was fit to face Toulouse. André-Pierre Gignac, out with a groin injury since 12 September, returned against his former club

• Stéphane Mbia (broken metatarsal, 14 August) remains out of action while Djimi Traoré has missed Marseille's last four games with a foot injury.

International duty
• Rémy scored his third international goal on 7 October as France beat Albania 3-0 and started again four days later as a 1-1 draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina sealed a UEFA EURO 2012 spot. He was replaced by Alou Diarra against Bosnia; Valbuena and Steve Mandanda were unused squad members.

• Nicolas N'Koulou helped Cameroon to a 3-2 win against DR Congo on 7 October but his country failed to reach the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

• Work began in June to put a roof on the Tribune Ganay at the Stade Vélodrome in preparation for UEFA EURO 2016.


UEFA milestones
• Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal on matchday two was Arsenal's 200th in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.

• The Gunners have scored 246 European Cup goals, conceding 149.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Arsenal have had only three shots wide, fewer than any other side.

• Arsène Wenger completed a two-game suspension on matchday two.

Latest domestic information
Sunday 16 October: Arsenal FC 2-1 Sunderland AFC (Van Persie 1 82; Larsson 31)
Szczęsny; Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs (Santos 51); Rosický (Benayoun 77), Song, Arteta, Walcott; Gervinho (Arshavin 68); Van Persie

• Arsenal claimed their fourth win in five outings – the exception was a 2-1 derby defeat at Tottenham Hotspur FC on 2 October. Robin van Persie broke the deadlock after 29 seconds – Arsenal's fastest ever Premier League goal – hit the woodwork and then struck the winner direct from a free-kick.

• Wenger's team have collected only 22 points from their last 19 league matches, a run that includes just five victories.

• The north London side suffered an 8-2 defeat at Manchester United FC on 28 August, the first time they had conceded eight goals in a match since an 8-0 reverse at Loughborough FC on 12 December 1896.

• Last season's runners-up will take on Bolton Wanderers FC in the League Cup fourth round on 25 October.

Injury news
• Kieran Gibbs went off soon after half-time against Sunderland because of a stomach muscle strain.

• Laurent Koscielny started on Sunday after three weeks out with an ankle knock. Johan Djourou returned after a similar spell on the sidelines with a muscular problem as Switzerland beat Montenegro on 11 October.

• Tomáš Rosický faced Sunderland after shaking off the groin injury that ruled him out of the Czech Republic's 4-1 win in Lithuania last Tuesday, but Aaron Ramsey was not risked after returning from international duty with a hamstring knock.

• Jack Wilshere, who has not played since 4 June, is expected to miss the group stage having had further surgery to repair a stress fracture to his right ankle. Thomas Vermaelen (left ankle, out since 24 August) is also a long-term absentee while Abou Diaby (ankle) and Sébastien Squillaci (calf) are yet to feature this season.

• Bacary Sagna will be out until 2012 after fracturing the fibula in his right leg during the Tottenham defeat.

International duty
• Andrey Arshavin captained Russia to a 6-0 home win against Andorra on 11 October that booked their place at UEFA EURO 2012.

• Wales captain Ramsey scored the opening goal from the penalty spot in the 2-0 win against Switzerland on 7 October.

• Marouane Chamakh scored Morocco's first goal in the 3-1 win against Tanzania on 9 October that secured a place in next year's Africa Cup of Nations.

• Park Ju-Young scored twice against Poland (2-2) and another against the United Arab Emirates (2-1) in two South Korea friendlies.

• Oxlade-Chamberlain scored all three goals as England's Under-21 side won 3-0 in Iceland on 6 October.

• Van Persie scored four times in the Netherlands' 11-0 home win against San Marino in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying on 2 September, the first Dutchman to do so since Marco van Basten's five-goal haul against Malta in 1990.

Last updated: 17/10/11 18.20CET

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