Arsenal can potentially qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 14th season in succession with victory over Marseille at the Emirates Stadium.
In addition to that, they need Borussia Dortmund to fail to defeat Rafael Benitez’ Napoli in the other game in Group F to be assured of their progress. Marseille, out of the running at the bottom of the group, seemingly provide the perfect opposition, with Arsenal currently sitting top with nine points, having won in Dortmund on match day four.
Things are also going well domestically for the Gunners, with Saturday’s 2-0 home success against Southampton strengthening their position at the top of the Premier League, which they now lead by four points. Injured players are coming back into contention also, meaning that manager Arsene Wenger will have more options to pick from with a busy schedule ahead before the turn of the year.
Marseille have endured a miserable Champions League campaign, losing all four of their group games. They are already out of the competition and are almost certain to miss out on third place and the Europa League, and their form in Ligue 1 has been inconsistent, leaving them 10 points behind leaders Paris St. Germain.
This game comes too soon for Lukas Podolski, while Gunners trio Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Yaya Sanogo are still out. However, Mathieu Flamini returns after being banned for the Southampton, and Theo Walcott could make his first start since returning from injury.
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