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Wilshere keeps Arsenal in pole position

Published: Tuesday 26 November 2013, 22.37CET
Arsenal FC 2-0 Olympique de Marseille
Two Jack Wilshere goals, the first inside 30 seconds, moved Arsenal clear in Group F but they are still not through while OM are out of Europe.
by Michael Harrold
from Arsenal Stadium

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Match statistics

ArsenalMarseille

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)61
 
39
Total attempts13
 
6
on target8
 
4
off target5
 
2
blocked3
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
1
Offsides5
 
1
Yellow cards0
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed5
 
10
Fouls suffered9
 
5
Passes887
 
470
completed764
 
343

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 23:28 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 26 November 2013, 22.37CET

Wilshere keeps Arsenal in pole position

Arsenal FC 2-0 Olympique de Marseille
Two Jack Wilshere goals, the first inside 30 seconds, moved Arsenal clear in Group F but they are still not through while OM are out of Europe.

Arsenal FC remain top of Group F after a 2-0 victory against Olympique de Marseille, but despite picking up their 12th point in the section they are still not through to the UEFA Champions League round of 16.

With Borussia Dortmund beating SSC Napoli in the other match, Arsenal must avoid a three-goal defeat on 11 December in Naples to be sure of advancing. They will at least travel with confidence after a strike in each half from Jack Wilshere ensured victory against a Marseille side still searching for their first point and confirmed bottom of the group.

Arsenal got off to a stunning start and had the ball in the net after only 29.56 seconds, their second-fastest UEFA Champions League goal. Bacary Sagna released Wilshere down the right and he cut into the area before turning Lucas Mendes and curling a left-foot shot high to the right of Steve Mandanda in the Marseille goal.

With no chance of progressing in this competition, Marseille coach Élie Baup made six changes to the team that had beaten AC Ajaccio on Friday, and with key figures such as Mathieu Valbuena and Florian Thauvin on the bench and Dimitri Payet injured, they struggled to keep pace.

On eight minutes Arsenal were almost in again. Olivier Giroud fed Wilshere and his low cross picked out Aaron Ramsey unmarked seven metres from goal, only for Mandanda to brilliantly block his strike.

A second goal seemed a matter of time, but instead the tempo slowed and it was not until eight minutes from the break that Arsenal upped the ante again. Ramsey turned Nicolas N'Koulou whose clumsy challenge cost his side a penalty. Up stepped Mesut Özil, yet Mandanda dived low to his right to palm away the attempt and keep Marseille in the game.

Arsenal were back on the attack after the restart, and Kassim Abdallah deflected Ramsey's menacing effort wide, before Mandanda saved well from Özil. In response, Baup brought on Valbuena and Thauvin on 58 minutes, but they could not turn the tide and Arsenal doubled their lead seven minutes later. Ramsey passed to Özil just inside the area and he crossed low for Wilshere to fire in his second of the match.

Arsenal did not have it all their own way in the closing stages as twice Thauvin drew smart saves from Wojciech Szczęsny, but Marseille could not find a way back into the game.

Last updated: 03/12/13 19.42CET

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Lineups

arsenal

Arsenal

marseille

Marseille

1
SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny (GK)
30
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK) (C)
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
2
AbdallahKassim Abdallah
4
MertesackerPer Mertesacker (C)
3
N'KoulouNicolas N'Koulou
Yellow Card37
6
KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
4
MendesLucas Mendes
7
RosickýTomáš Rosický
Substitution75
9
GignacAndré-Pierre Gignac
10
WilshereJack Wilshere
Goal1
Goal65
Substitution75
11
J. AyewJordan Ayew
Substitution58
11
ÖzilMesut Özil
Penalty37
Substitution82
13
LeminaMario Lemina
Substitution82
12
GiroudOlivier Giroud
15
MorelJérémy Morel
Yellow Card38
16
RamseyAaron Ramsey
20
RomaoAlaixys Romao
Yellow Card81
17
MonrealNacho Monreal
25
ImbulaGiannelli Imbula
Substitution58
20
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
29
KhalifaSaber Khalifa

Substitutes

21
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
16
SambaBrice Samba (GK)
5
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
7
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
Substitution82
8
ArtetaMikel Arteta
Substitution82
14
ThauvinFlorian Thauvin
Substitution58
14
WalcottTheo Walcott
Substitution75
21
DiawaraSouleymane Diawara
19
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution75
23
B. MendyBenjamin Mendy
23
BendtnerNicklas Bendtner
24
FanniRod Fanni
44
GnabrySerge Gnabry
28
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
Substitution58

Coach

Arsène Wenger (FRA) Élie Baup (FRA)

Referee

Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

Assistant referees

Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP), Javier Rodriguez (ESP)

Fourth official

Teodoro Sobrino (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Gómez (ESP), Javier Estrada (ESP)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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