Arsenal FC set the wheels in motion on their UEFA Champions League campaign with a 2-1 victory at Olympique de Marseille as Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey fired the north London team to a hard-fought opening-day win.
Arsène Wenger's men visited the Stade Vélodrome chasing a club-record tenth consecutive away success in all competitions, yet they looked unlikely to attain it until Walcott unleashed a superbly taken strike on 65 minutes. The hosts had created the lion's share of the chances, but their hunt for at least a share of the spoils was ended by the in-form Ramsey with seven minutes remaining, despite Jordan Ayew's late penalty.
There is disappointment and frustration. We deserved to share the spoils at least. It would have been fair.
Élie Baup, Marseille coach
We were a bit timid, but overall it was a victory of patience and experience even if we were not flamboyant.
Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager
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