Wednesday October 19, 2011 Group Stage: Group F Finished Stade Vélodrome

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  1. Ramsey snatches Arsenal win

    Ramsey snatches Arsenal win

    Aaron Ramsey scored deep into added time to give Arsenal a 1-0 win at Marseille that puts them in control of Champions League Group F. More

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    • Olympique Marseille
    • Arsenal
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    • 90+3' FULL TIME. Aaron Ramsey with the winner for Arsenal in stoppage time as they go top of Group F.
    • 90+2' GOAL! 1-0 Arsenal! Aaron Ramsey two minutes into added time! Gervinho accidentally touches the ball into the path of the Welshman, who converts to give Arsenal the win.
    • 90+1' Big chance for Arsenal! Gervinho plays in Van Persie and on his right foot, the Dutchman forces Mandanda into a fine stop.
    • 89' This game is fizzling out, not that it was ever particularly exciting in the first place of course.
    • 87' Cheyrou replaced by Charles Kabore in midfield.
    • 86' Gignac with a mis-hit in the box. It doesn't look as there will be a winner here.
    • 85' Confirmation that Gignac was booked for dissent when failing to get a free-kick.
    • 84' Gervinho does well to skip away from Morel and sneak into the box but N'Koulou comes across to intervene.
    • 83' Valbuena does Mertesacker with a clever turn but Koscielny prevents the cross from finding a Marseille shirt in the box.
    • 81' The Marseille fans howl for a free-kick when Gignac is brought to ground 20 yards from goal but the referee is unmoved and tells the striker to get to his feet.
    • 80' Song attempts to set Gervinho free with a ball through the middle of the park but fails to find the forward as the pass is cut out.
    • 79' Arsenal work the ball wide to Djourou but he puts too much on his cross for Van Persie as Arsenal fail to capitalise on another half-decent opening. Their crossing has been abysmal tonight.
    • 78' Arshavin replaced after another quiet evening and Aaron Ramsey takes his place, meaning Rosicky will shift over to the left in all likelihood.
    • 77' Arshavin gets to the dead-ball line but cannot dig out a cross for a team-mate.
    • 76' There has been a total of five shots on target tonight, and only a couple were really genuine chances.
    • 75' This has been pretty dreary in all honesty. Not a Champions League game for the ages.
    • 74' Djourou goes into the book for a sliding challenge on Jeremy Morel but he got the ball. That was extremely harsh on the Arsenal man.
    • 73' Gonzalez comes off to e replaced by Morgan Amalfitano. The Argentinian wasn't at his influential best tonight, but then again no one really has been.
    • 72' Opta stat on Gervinho: He scored 28 goals and 14 assists in his 67 league appearances for Lille - and was the only player to register double figures in both goals and assists last season in Ligue 1.
    • 71' Djourou makes a good run down the right as Arsenal look to get in behind Marseille but Van Persie cannot find the Swiss international with an attempted backheel down the line.
    • 70' Slightly strange decision from Deschamps as Remy - who has looked decent in spells - is replaced by another France international in Andre-Pierre Gignac. He immediately sends a low effort at Szczesny.
    • 69' Arteta slips in Gervinho but the Ivorian is offside when collecting the ball on the right of the box.
    • 68' Van Persie races onto a neat flick over the top from Arshavin but is adjudged offside as he collides with Mandanda. It looked the right decision.
    • 67' Arsenal change things up as Walcott - who has again been unimpressive - is replaced by former Lille star Gervinho.
    • 66' Arsenal may rue that miss from Walcott as they have created just a handful of chances so far tonight in what has been a disappointing match in the south of France.
    • 64' Big chance! Walcott exploits some shocking defending from Nicolas N'Koulou as he nips past his opponent, but the defender recovers with a desperate challenge that does enough to put Walcott off. He fails to beat Mandanda.
    • 63' Opta stat: Arsenal have zero successful crosses out of 28 attempts so far in this game. Sounds about right for Arsenal.
    • 62' Here comes the change and it is Djourou who comes on.
    • 61' Van Persie controls a pass from Song on the edge of the box and spins to take a shot, but his effort is easy for Mandanda as he drops to his knees to smother it.
    • 60' Jenkinson hurt himself when landing as he cleared the ball and it looks as though he might be replaced.
    • 59' Jenkinson is down once again in some pain. Arsenal could put Djourou or Francis Coquelin at right-back if required.
    • 58' Chaos in the Arsenal box! Remy dinks a cross into the box and Arsenal, through a combination of luck and endeavour, just manage to prevent Gonzalez from shooting as they bundle the ball clear, though Song almost gifts the ball straight back to Marseille.
    • 57' In all honesty this has been a disappointing game in terms of the chances that have actually been created. Very little at the sharp end for either side.
    • 56' Sloppy play from both sides as Rosicky and Gonzalez give the ball away in quick succession after Mertesacker takes decisive action to prevent Remy from connecting with a cross.
    • 55' Walcott tries a clever aerial backheel flick to find Rosicky as he makes a forward run but Diawara cuts the ball out.
    • 54' Walcott tries a clever aerial backheel flick to find Rosicky as he makes a forward run but Diawara cuts the ball out.
    • 53' Santos cuts out a square pass and looks full of intent as he charges forward on the break. However, he has to wait too long to find Van Persie and Marseille swamp the Dutchman.
    • 51' It's been a good, patient start to the second half from Arsenal, who are happy to prove away as they keep the ball.
    • 50' Now Diawara hacks down Rosicky. He has to be careful, but the referee appears lenient on second offences tonight, just ask Santos.
    • 49' Arshavin embarks on a forward run and is caught by the big frame of Diawara, who earns a booking for the clumsy challenge.
    • 48' Rosicky finds space to the right of the box and floats over a tempting cross for Van Persie. Mandanda, though, once again proves decisive as he runs off his line to grab the ball. He has been impressive tonight.
    • 47' Opta stat: Arsenal enjoyed 57 per cent of the possession in the first half at Stade Velodrome.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
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    • 45+2' HALF TIME. Both sides could have had a penalty while Van Persie had a header cleared off the line, but 0-0 it remains.
    • 45+1' Cheyrou takes the subsequent free-kick and Arsenal win a free-kick when Ayew leaps into Szcesny.
    • 45' Santos with a blatant handball and he is on a booking! What is he playing at? For some reason the referee doesn't book him though - it should have been a second yellow.
    • 43' Mandanda punches from an Arteta corner and only succeeds in turning the ball into the path of Van Persie. However, it arrives at an awkward angle and pace for the Dutchman and he hammers the ball wide.
    • 42' Opta stat: Arsenal are struggling to create many clear-cut chances tonight. They had 13 shots v Olympiakos & nine v Dortmund - their PL average per game this season is 18 per match.
    • 41' Update from Greece: Olympiacos are beating Dortmund 2-1.
    • 40' Rosicky loses the ball but chases back and slides in to win the ball. This is a big game for the Czech midfielder as he impressed against Sunderland on Sunday and could be staking a real claim for a regular role.
    • 39' Jenkinson is having a very decent game when attacking. His crossing is of a higher standard than Walcott's. Defensive issues still remain with the young man though.
    • 38' Cheyrou delivers a teasing cross into the box and though Remy beats his man to the ball, he cannot direct it on target.
    • 37' Rosicky feeds Walcott on the right and he wastes a decent opening with a poor cross that Diawara clears with ease. His final ball isn't good enough at the moment.
    • 35' A lovely cross from Valbuena as he looks one way and then whips the ball into the near post, where Gonzalez is arriving. He just gets his toe to the ball and cannot turn it on target. Great vision from the little midfielder.
    • 34' Koscielny produces a vital challenge to poke the ball away from Remy in the box. It looked for a second as though the forward had lost the Arsenal man.
    • 32' Arteta with great vision to pick up a forward run from Santos but the left-back's first touch is heavy. Arsenal win a corner and Mandanda grabs it once again.
    • 31' Marseille threaten as Remy does superbly to keep the ball in play in the box and then jinks past one man before seeing a deflected shot soar wide of the post.
    • 30' Unlucky for Arsenal. Santos embarks on a forward run as he exchanges passes with Van Persie and then Rosicky. However, the pass from the Czech midfielder is poor as he fails to release the Brazilian as he prepares to bear down on goal.
    • 29' Jenkinson is back up and running but Arsenal will keep a watching brief on the young right-back.
    • 28' Oh dear. Jenkinson is down injured for Arsenal and the last thing they need is to lose another defender. Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs were both out of today's game of course, and it looks as though Johan Djourou is warming up.
    • 27' Opta stat: Marseille have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four Champions League matches at the Stade Velodrome.
    • 26' Arsenal are too lacklustre in possession at the moment and keep playing risky passes 30 yards in front of their own goal. They could get punished for that eventually.
    • 25' Midfielder Diarra drags a shot wide of the far post from 200 yards or so. That was a pretty poor effort.
    • 24' Opta stat: Alex Song has a bit of a reputation for being reckless but he has committed only two fouls in the Champions League this season, and one has led to a booking.
    • 23' Replays show that Mertesacker didn't get his head to the corner - it in fact struck the arm of Diawara and should have been a penalty.
    • 22' Mandanda charges ten yards off his line to punch away this time. Arsenal will be encouraged by this spell of pressure though.
    • 21' Diawara heads off the line! Mertesacker gets to the initial corner with a flicked header and when the ball pops up, Van Persie loops it over Mandanda, only to be denied. Another corner...
    • 20' Mandanda does well to deal with another set-piece as he strides out confidently to punch away Arteta's corner. Arsenal regain possession and Arteta wins another corner when driving to the byline.
    • 18' Jenkinson delivers a dangerous cross into the box and Diawara skews his attempted clearance over the bar. From the corner, Mandanda comes off his line to grab the ball.
    • 17' Alou Diarra gets a head to Cheyrou's delivery but only succeeds in flicking the ball into the hands of Szczesny.
    • 16' Santos follows Song and Ayew into the box when bodychecking Valbuena. He thumped into the France midfielder when making no attempt to win the ball.
    • 15' Didier Deschamps is unhappy on the touchline and gets a talking to from the officials himself. I'd have to see another replay but it looks as though Marseille do have grounds for complaint.
    • 14' Big controversy: a cross appears to strike Jenkinson's arm in the penalty box and he had plenty of time to move out of the way. Nothing is given though and Ayew finds himself in trouble when protesting to the ref and is booked as a result.
    • 12' In the other game in the group Olympiacos, who have lost both of their games so far, have taken the lead against Dortmund in Greece.
    • 11' Cheyrou gets a sight of goal some 25 yards out and his thumping effort flies over the bar. Never even close to troubling Szczesny.
    • 10' Mikel Arteta spreads the ball wide to Theo Walcott and although Van Persie does connect with the cross to send a header wide, he is rightly given offside.
    • 9' Van Persie displays some excellent close control but coming only 30 yards from his own goal it is a touch indulgent. He finds Koscielny, who loses possession, but Marseille cannot take advantage.
    • 7' And now Arsenal look unconvincing at the back: Laurent Koscielny fails to get his head to the ball when attempting to guide it back to Szczesny, but the goalkeeper smothers it on the edge of his box.
    • 6' Bruno Cheyrou and Souleymane Diawara both attempt to clear the same ball in the box, but luckily the ball bounces nicely for goalkeeper Steve Mandanda. If that were Arsenal, it would have somehow gone in.
    • 5' Mathieu Valbuena stands over the free-kick. Wojciech Szczesny let one in against Sunderland at the weekend but he catches the attempt from the Marseille man easily enough.
    • 4' Oh dear. Song goes into the book after being caught in possession by Ayew and then chopping down Remy with a clumsy challenge. That could have been worse for Arsenal.
    • 4' Arsenal's first chance as Alex Song floats a pass over the top to Robin van Persie. However, the Gunners captain can't connect - fortunately for Marseille, given his form in 2011 which has been just exceptional.
    • 3' Marseille have enjoyed the lion's share of possession in the early stages. You suspect they will look to target Arsenal in wide positions with Santos and Carl Jenkinson potentially vulnerable.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 19.45 Marseille are decked out in an orange and blue number; Arsenal resplendent in their blue away kit. It's a colourful contest, no doubt about it.
    • 19.43 The teams emerge from the tunnel into the cauldron of noise that is Stade Veldrome. If Arsenal lose tonight they will be in a pretty precarious position in the group. A victory puts them in a very strong position though.
    • 19.40 Want to get in contact during the game? You can find me on Twitter. Send over some comments and I will try and use some here. Just click this link: @tomEurosport
    • 19.35 Tonight is the first time that Wenger has returned to Stade Velodrome since he left Monaco 17 years ago. The feeling that Marseille's illegal actions may have prevented him from enjoying greater success in Ligue 1 has never left him. Tonight may be a chance for a bit of revenge on that front.
    • 19.30 Opta stat: During his time at Monaco, Arsene Wenger never managed an away win at Marseille in Ligue 1 (three draws, four defeats). In addition to that stat, we should mention Wenger was one of the most vocal opponents to Marseille when they were found guilty of match-fixing in 1993. They were stripped of the title that year.
    • 19.25 Despite their struggles domestically so far this season, Marseille have been rather handy in Europe, beating both Olympiacos and Borussia Dortmund in their opening two fixtures. Arsenal also beat the Greeks at home but picked up one point in Germany. That all means that Marseille are top with six points and Arsenal in second in four.
    • 19.20 Now this is a fantastic stat from Opta: Marseille are the only team in Europe this season to register more wins in the Champions League (qualifiers excluded) than in their domestic league. If you thought Arsenal were struggling this season, Marseille have one win in 10 in Ligue 1.
    • 19.15 Opta stat: The Gunners have never lost an away game in France in European competition winning four and drawing four. The only two French sides to have beaten Arsenal are Lens (at Wembley in November 1998) and Auxerre (at Highbury in October 2002).
    • 19.10 Loic Remy, who has been likened to former Arsenal great Thierry Henry, is also a clear and present danger. We scouted the France international to assess what threat he will pose to the Gunners tonight. Euroscout: Loic Remy.
    • 19.05 Arsenal attempted to sign Marseille midfielder Lucho Gonzalez prior to the close of the transfer window but it is Ghana international Ayew who has been singled out as a particular threat to this Arsenal team by Eurosport expert Rafa Benitez. Benitez on Ayew.
    • 19.00 Santos comes in for the injured Gibbs, while Arsene Wenger looks to want the sporadic guile of Arshavin rather than the unpredictable Gervinho. Marseille line up in a 4-3-3 formation with Mathieu Valbuena and Andre Ayew flanking Loic Remy in a dangerous attack.
    • 18.55 TEAMS: Marseille: Mandanda, Azpilicueta, Morel, N'Koulou, Diawara, Diarra, Cheyrou, Lucho, Valbuena, Remy, A. Ayew. Subs: Bracigilano, Traore, Sabo, Roland, Kabore, Amalfitano, Gignac. /// Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Santos, Song, Rosicky, Arteta, Van Persie, Walcott, Arshavin. Subs: Fabianski, Djourou, Ramsey, Benayoun, Coquelin, Gervinho, Chamakh.
    • 18.50 Some team news is filtering in already... Arsenal make two changes from the side that beat Sunderland 2-1 on Saturday with Andre Santos and Andrei Arshavin coming in for Kieran Gibbs and Gervinho. Full teams shortly.
    • 18.45 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Champions League tie between Marseille and Arsenal at Stade Velodrome.
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