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Wenger's Arsenal stifled by 'impressive' Marseille

Published: Wednesday 2 November 2011, 0.15CET
After sharing the spoils in a tight Group F contest, Arsène Wenger said Arsenal FC had been made to work very hard by Didier Deschamps' "impressive" Olympique de Marseille side.

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Match statistics

ArsenalMarseille

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
1
Attempts off target3
 
9
Corners2
 
4
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed10
 
12
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)53
 
47

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:36 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 2 November 2011, 0.15CET

Wenger's Arsenal stifled by 'impressive' Marseille

After sharing the spoils in a tight Group F contest, Arsène Wenger said Arsenal FC had been made to work very hard by Didier Deschamps' "impressive" Olympique de Marseille side.

Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager
We defended very well and tried very hard but lacked the quality in the final third to finish off our chances. We had a few in the first half. Aaron Ramsey had two and Robin van Persie in the second half as well. Overall it was a very difficult game. Marseille were physically very impressive and closed us down at every opportunity. We lacked match sharpness after our performance at Chelsea on Saturday.

Overall it was a very difficult game. Marseille were physically very impressive and closed us down at every opportunity
Arsène Wenger
It could have been better but the quality of the match we played was outstanding. The players produced a big performance
Didier Deschamps

Leaving Robin on the bench was a gamble that did not come off, but he was very tired after Saturday's efforts. I took the gamble to rest him although he had the chance to score when he came on, which would have been the perfect play. Now we want to win the Dortmund game at home, but overall we are in a good position. It was also important that we kept a clean sheet tonight.

Didier Deschamps, Marseille coach
It could have been better but the quality of the match we played was outstanding. The players produced a big performance. It is true we wasted some opportunities which gave us hope to win this match but we faced such good opponents. We are rewarded with one point. Now the key game will be at home against Olympiacos. The team performance was good and we used the ball well even though the formation was different.

There was a lot of motivation and determination with different players from the last game. I have a squad that performs well. We have not lacked courage, determination, but perhaps we could have done better in the final third. At such a high level, the game is decided by very small things. I have no complaints about the content even if in the first half we lost possession too easily. I regret that we could not finish the job.

Last updated: 27/11/12 14.25CET

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