Monday, June 24, 2024

Match Report: Marseille 1-2 Arsenal (inc. goals)

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud

Subs: Fabianski (GK), Vermaelen, Monreal, Jenkinson, Hayden, Akpom, Miyaichi


Second half goals from Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey ensured that Arsenal started their Champions League group with a bang against Marseille and helped notch up the Gunners tenth consecutive win on the road. A late penalty by Jordan Ayew reduced the deficit, but the 2-1 win was nothing less than the men from North London deserved after another polished, if not emphatic, performance.

Arsene Wenger’s side started well, dominating the early midfield exchanges with neat possession and good movement. Theo Walcott picked up where he left off against Sunderland, getting himself into good positions only for his finishing to let him down. On three minutes his header from eight yards out was cleared before reaching the line following a cut-back by Ozil, then he latched onto a long ball by Ramsey but couldn’t get enough power on the shot to trouble Marseille’s keeper Mandanda. As it turned out they were arguably our best chances of the opening 45 minutes.

Marseille’s famous Stade Velodrome, which currently resembles a building site due to the construction of a roof, housed an expectedly noisy home crowd (or was it one bloke with a loudspeaker?) and the home side seemed to take confidence from the fervent support on the terraces. Only a brilliantly timed challenge by Aaron Ramsey prevented Dmitri Payet unleashing a shot from the edge of the box before Andre Ayew rose high to head just wide as the game reached the 20-minute mark.

For the most part the first half was a scrappy affair, both sides had decent possession but without ever really threatening to score. Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere all saw plenty of the ball but the French side marshalled their ranks well on the edge of their box.

Seven minutes before half-time Mertesacker, who along with Koscielny had survived a blow to the face, was on hand to clear a dangerous ball across the six-yard box by Payet. From the second of two resulting corners there was another shot across the bow when Gignac rose at the near post to head over. At half-time 0-0 seemed about right, the game very much resembling the fixture played out by the two sides two-years previously.

The game was much more end-to-end in the second half. A minute after the break Rod Fanni came very close to breaking the deadlock, the right-back controlling a cross on his thigh before flashing a volley just wide of Szczesny’s right-hand post.

Nice play on the break between Ramsey and Ozil nearly released Walcott and it was a fantastic back-heel by the German that set up Kieran Gibbs on 53 minutes although the left-back could only strike his shot straight at the keeper from close range. In the resulting break Ramsey picked up a yellow.

Payet tested Szcszesny at his near post with a low drive. Walcott again couldn’t get the ball out of his feet from another Ozil pass. Ramsey dispossessed Ayew with a fine challenge and then sprung the ball forward before Wilshere forced a save on the volley from a deep Sagna cross. On the hour mark Mertesacker was dug out of a massive hole by Gibbs who headed the ball off the line after the BFG had swiped a clearance backwards over Szczesny. Like we said, it was end-to-end!

Finally after a breathless twenty minutes, the deadlock was broken. Walcott, whose touch had been awful all night, finally found his shooting boots to despatch a text book volley from six-yards out after Marseille’s Morel misjudged a Gibbs cross. It was the England man’s first goal of the season and his puffed-out-cheek celebration suggested his lack of goals had been playing on his mind. (1-0)

The goalscorer was subbed with 13 minutes remaining in favour of Nacho Monreal as Arsene Wenger looked to sure up the left-side of defence following two fizzing efforts by Valbuena. Marseille’s response was to send on hot prospect Florian Thauvin.

With seven minutes remaining Aaron Ramsey made sure of the points. The Welsh international, who’d scored a last-gasp winner on the same ground two-years ago, burst through the Marseille defence before lashing home a low drive which whipped past Mandanda with the aid of a slight deflection. It was nothing less than the 22-year-old deserved following another swashbuckling performance in the middle of the park. (2-0)

Ramsey took some of the shine off his performance by conceding a late penalty (albeit a harsh one), but despite sub Jordan Ayew slamming it home, it was too little too late for the home side. (2-1)

Overall it was a mature performance from the Gunners, a result born out of patience and hard graft rather than the style and swagger of the qualifying matches against Fenerbahce. Given the tough fixtures ahead it’s a very promising start and extends the club’s run of six consecutive wins. You couldn’t really ask for any more since the opening day defeat to Villa.

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The Boss has struck again. Bring on Dortmund, we fear NOBODY!



A poor first half, but we gradually took control of the game.

Marseille have no chance of qualifying, so it looks like a straight fight between us and Dortmand for second place.



I see what you did there.

At this point, win our 3 home games and we win the group.

I would insult you or your post, but it will disappear soon, so why bother 🙂


why are people thumbing down?

we were indeed poor in the 1st half! then improved later on.


I’m loving this Balls character! Wonder what he’ll be banging on about when we win the league this year! But seriously Balls stop using “we” in all your posts, then poor yourself a nice hot bath, then drown in it.

Ahhh there you are crawling out of the woodwork like a louse. Seriously blogs, please ban this guy. Every time something good happens he trolls and just creates an air of negativity. If we won 100-0 he’d complain. Surely a tottenham fan??


@heroldgoon OK, i clearly didn’t think I needed to walk anyone through this, but…. First statement is fine. But them he goes on to snidely imply that: A). The tired old story that we only won because Marseilles are crap (They are going to finish bottom) B). We are not good enough to win the group (Its us or Dortmund for second place). No arsenal fan wants to read (or should be writing) that kind of Bollocks just after an away win in Europe– hence the down-votes (as predicted 🙂 ). Worse, the assumptions are a bigger pile of shit.… Read more »


@D, Itis pour, not poor, yourself a bath.

Prospective Wordsmith

Have any of the redtops used ‘Aaron Rams-it In Again’ or can I take credit for that one?


Especially with Fanni on the pitch…


The battering Ram-sey?


Ramsey didin’t have the best of games but still brilliant and a shout for MOTM that should tell you just how good he is on his best day! what a player!


He’s better than Bale, He’s Better than Bale,
Aaron Ramsey, He’s better than Baaaaaaaaale!


Ramaey is our best player.


And so is Ramsey!


To the tune of “Fucked by Eboue”:

Wrong fuckin Welshman
You bought the wrong fuckin Welshman
Wrong fuckin Weeeeelshmaaaan!
You bought the wrong fuckin Welshman


Surely they bought the right Welshman?


I’m sure this is to be sung at RM


pretty sure he’s the left Welshman


Great win its shame we couldnt keep a clean sheet. but over all it was great win ! Oh & ramsey he just cudnt help himself ? he just had to score haha 🙂


it’s almost like he knew the ref was gonna get all cunty in the end and award a penalty. A. Ayew up there with the best divers.

jäck jäck jäck

6 goals already this season. Mental. The boy is on fire!


Winning ugly, Like a Boss.. Grant holt ugly

Master Bates

Tevez Ugly

Bould's Eyeliner

Yessssssssss. Ref’s a wanker though.


Gibbs man of the match, no doubt about it. Everyone else had several “doh!” moments.


This is the year we finally can get over Cuntly Cole. Gibbs = England left back for the next ten years (yes he is better than Baines).


Kinda happy it has gone unnoticed. … It’s all to Arsenal’s gain!


Aaron Ramsey, get in son! What does he eat I must know, never seems to tire, great display all round and a good goal. Now win all our matches at home and at least draw at Naples and Dortmund and that’s top of the group for us.


Job done. Ramsey still a hero


Top fuckin banana. Cracking 3 pts against a decent Marseille team.

Rambo just defies belief at the mo. So pleased for the boy. And great strike from Theo.

Only moan is that someone really needed to iron out that cunt on the tannoy. Fuckwit.

And as we’re polluted with cash, we need to splash some on that Fanni. If him and the Coq can’t make sweet sweet music together, no one can.


Splash out some cash on some fanni?
– okay, let’s do it!




“My players did not deserve to loose.” -Mourinho

Yes, yes they did.




you mean the famous coach Losé Mourinho, right?


Mourinho the “whinning one”


Mourinho the “self righteous one”


yeah, the Chelsea result made my day….icing on the cake!

serves the “whining one” right for F*#*ing the Demba deal…who’s the daddy now eh?

With “Aaron Rams-it-in” on fire and Theo hopefully beginning “catch fire” he can shove Demba where the sun dont shine!


oh, and God, if you are listening?…..please let Sp**rs get a HAMMERING! when next time out



Yvan C

Loving ChesLky WENT down, perfect UCL Matchday 4 me. COYG!!!!


Walcotts got his goal, watch him kick off now!
Oh, and Aaron you beutiful beutiful man!



Beautiful* -.-


How did you make that typo twice 😛


If I were Theo, I’d be offering part of my salary to get Sagna signed. Walcott is a completely different player with Bac on the right chaperoning him through a game.


Ramsey must be worth twice as much as bale well done rambo


Super Ramsey :’) his form is fucking amazing.


Chelsea 1 – 2 FC Basel


Top Manager, Top team, Millions of pounds spent, yet we still got better results so far than them. #AHA

gooner odst

Didn’t Basel put out Manure in recent history with Shakira on their team?


With Shakira on their team they’d put anyone out 😉 btw, i’ve always wondered how funny it’d be if Shakira married Shaqiri….

gooner odst

#annoying french guy on the loudspeaker
#aaron ramsey ‘kill frenzy!’
#our away fans dont need a loudspeaker
#clean sheet…damn

good performance, very patient early on and Walcott thunders in one to calm the nerves after having missed a few chances. Well done Ramsey unlucky about that diving French twat.

ps rod fanni… solid but leaves gaps in the middle.

Too Drunk To Be Offside

Thats how its done … Happy for Rambo … even on the penalty I think he nicked the ball before the players.

A tough group no doubt, but on this performance doable … one match at a time guys 😀


Where are all the Arsene(al) haters now huh. Mr Souness, Mr Hansen, Mr (fuck that), Neville, Carragher???

Shows you know nothing about football. All of you bunch of Muppets.

In Arsene(al) we trust

Red Cannon

To be fair, I don’t think Gary Neville is an Arsenal hater at all. He’s actually showed us a decent amount of respect since becoming a football talking head. He has, however, pointed out legitimate weaknesses in our squad from time to time. Fair enough, from my point of view. As for the rest of the jag-offs in your list, I’m all with you. They know nothing.


you forgot Jamie Brain-nap.. actually i’ve never heard the son of neville neville say anything negative about us, in fact G-Nev is the only british pundit with anything useful to say (hard to come to terms with but true nevertheless). he even predicted this would be our year at the end of last season, let’s hope he was right!

how can i keep calm?! I'm a gunner...

We set up to to try and catch them out or get a bit lucky and most importantly not lose, so all in all, we did pretty damn terrific!

Bombay Gunner

Was Walcott injured?

Good to see him score.


Ironically our worst football player on the pitch by mile scored the first goal. It doesn’t change the fact that Walcott looks terrible and lost every game he plays. Today he tracked back well though.

Gibbs MOTM, amazing performance, like a boss!

Fantastic Rambo, if he keeps this form he’s gonna be one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the league and Europe and suddenly he becomes a great candidate for the name of the shirt. Would anybody say that a year ago?:)

ps. Blogs, I’ve waited 5minutes after the whistle for your report…Why so slow? 😀

Parisian Weetabix

Blogs is in New York, I believe.

Inflatable tube man

We won but…I want our LANS already! The lethargy is kicking in. Giroud and Wilshere need rest Godammit!!
Ramsey can play though, let him play until the rapture dont let him play no more!

with the left and the right

what did you expect? we rest out best players for the first match of the CL? we’ve played seven games these are professionals, its too early to be speaking about resting players none of them are yet to reach mid season form and sharpness

another yank

Great fucking start to the group, Szczesny was on top of his game tonight, good to see his run of form staying consistent.




Where are all you Ramsey haters now?


They’ve been gone for a while, man. Where were you when they left?


good riddance!……and I want the same for the Walcott ‘haters’ too!


I think I was one, I know that I am eating (some of) my words, and they taste good.
Well done Ramsey


Thank you Kieran! What a clearance off the line


Cool win away in the group of death. On what planet was that a penalty? Ramsey gets the ball and two steps later they guy dives theatrically. One stat for the by the numbers: Arsenal players kicked in the head — 2 fouls called — 0 Connected to that, how was the Per one NOT a penalty? By the way, 7 games, 2 goals conceded from open play. 4 goals from penalties. 2 penalties dodgy at best. Still, its a tough place to go, we were not firing on all cylinders and still won. That could be a big 3… Read more »


I felt the ref was biased


I did not feel he was biased. I felt he was poop.

Dick Swiveller

I don’t know, nobody seems to have mentioned it at all anywhere but to my mind, a bear hug followed by a kick in the face is a foul.


Year of the ram!!! #COYG

Dick Law

Aaron ‘Rambo’ Ramsey >>>>>>>>>> John Rambo


AW says “scoring in cycles”, so while everyone (in the media) were slating Ramsey, AW kept faith. Now with everyone singing his praise, AW is trying to stop setting up Ramsey from a major fall.

Ramsey always had the potential hence ManU & Arsenal tussled to sign him, has he matured to continue this level for the rest of the season, suspect not. Only time will tell but we know he will give his all.

DL Gooner

He’s in a FUCK YOU AND EAT MY GOALS cycle.


Mourhino doesn’t seem to want to play Mata, what do people think of mata on the left Özil in the middle and Cazorla on the right. No one could get the ball back if them, great tactic when you want to hold onto the ball more than a Walcott.

Dick Swiveller

If Mourinho doesn’t want to play the (previous to a certain German signing) most creative midfielder in the Premiership, I say we make a bid and not bother with a new striker; with those guys behind you, even Bendtner or Akpom would look world class.


Won’t happen… They wouldn’t even loan us Feckin Ba!


But Bendtner is TGSTEL.

Eric Irish gunner

Ramsey excellent and it’s a lot to do with the cover flamini gives the team now, a free signing but could turn out great for the team, enjoyed seeing the fans being their usual best, bring on the stoke scum and another Ramsey goal


The team spirit is magnificent. Credit to Arsene and the entire team for continuing their hard work since the Villa game. Well played boys!


My hope is mourinho gets sacked and wenger dominated England for years to come.

Neil #2

I don’t think that Mourinho needs to be sacked for Wenger to dominate England. I do question why we don’t have another striker…but the man is indisputably a genius, and by far, he gets too little respect.


Everybody repeat after me:

We. Will. Not. Question. Wenger. Ever. Again. When. He. Decides. To. Keep. Faith. With. A. Player.



He’s been proved right far to many times in the past for me to ever think I know better than he does.

By Song I was defending the player, because if Wenger kept him around, there must be something he could see.

It doesn’t always work out, but betting against him is a losing proposition.


Fucking Scezesny man..he was outstanding tonight.


Well he saved what he had to save but was a little bit nervy at times
Still a good performance by the Sneezer

A N Other

As soon as Ramsey got himself into that position. I knew he will score..


Important away win in the so called group of death. I can hear Terry and Mou crying out loud from there crashed bridge!!!! COYG!!!!!!


Kos, Mourinho wouldn’t even LEND us Ba so he’s not likely to sell us Mata is he?


Our midfield riches are something to behold: Rambo, Flambo, Mesut, Jack…. and to come back our best two players last year (Santi, Mikael).. as well as the Ox, Tomas, even poor Diaby and Zelalem… best in the league surely? Competition is going to be fierce when / if all are fit… just need solid back-up for Giroud and we can dare to dream..


No one seems to mention Rosicky nowadays?! He has been the pivotal fulcrum when he has played the last two seasons. He has been most creative and hardest working of all midfielder except for Santi. I think he needs to be in the team when fit! Nice selection headache to have.

jäck jäck jäck

He mentioned dear Tomas.


I thought AW should have paid the couple of million more & got Alonso all those years ago, I think it would have helped make the ‘youth project’ a success.

I feel we should have paid the 7/8 million more for Higuain – it would have us sufficient depth in the team to compete on multiple fronts. Hope we strengthen that department adequately in Jan.


When we were 2-0 i felt wenger should have withdrawn Giroud to avoid any late embarrassments. Just to be cautious as we are thin in that dept at the moment.


Ramseyyyyyy!!! i’m still so giddy after tonights match. placed a bet on ramsey to score and arsneal to win 2-0 but that stupid ref and his penalty screwed me over. Although i think Marseille deserved something from the match – a consolation goal is about right.

Good goal for Theo.

Was expecting Dortmund to get a draw or a win. could you imagine if benitez gets napoli through with ease where chelsea struggle with mourinho.

hopefully we get arteta back before the next CL game.


Hey Stoke here i come to take the revenge!!!


GIbbs with another near flawless performance, wicked centre for Theo’s blockbuster and shows a little ESP to save a Gignac goal. Rambo is overshadowing Mesut.

Some of you guys predicted Theo would score tonight – you know who you are… Respect Gooners!


GIbbs with another near flawless performance, wicked centre for Theo’s blockbuster and shows a little ESP to save a Gignac goal. Rambo is overshadowing Mesut.

Some of you guys predicted Theo would score tonight – you know who you are… Respect Gooners!

2013-2014 = 2003-2004

Listen up Chelsea fans…….

WHA ~ EVAAA~ !!!

Mate Kiddleton

Ramsey won the ball! How was that a penalty?!


The ref, the ref. He also missed the penalty for a blatant foul on Mertesacker and allowed a foul on Flamini inside arsenal box. Looks pretty biased to me.


Nice to see Theo put the nerves behind him. Also nice to see the majority have supported Theo despite a couple of games of poor finishing. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that he suffers from crisis of confidence when he’s on a barren spell.

Ramsey, amazing. I’m still eating humble pie and it tastes great. Really happy for the lad.


Oh man! I’m gonna come! Watch how Giroud’s run opens up the Marseille defense and frees Ramsey to score. He does much more than score! He may not have the individual brilliance of Henry, but his team play is on the same level. Keep it up and you’ll be the next legend.


This is so true. When you’re watching Ramsey you see the space in front of him open up, leaving him with a lazy dribble and nice shot to score.

I missed it live then on the replay saw the run Giroud made. Pure class. Odd then how he is in no way involved in the celebration and stands there with his arms limp, no reaction at all.


The defenders just didn’t know what to do. They are too busy panicking. Some trying to cover Giroud’s run across the box on the left, and the rest watching Özil lurking on the edge on the box on the right. By the time they get the ‘Oh shit he’s going himself’ moment it is too late. They were in a no win situation. If they’d gone after Ramsey, he’d have put in one of the other two guys instead. (Which is what they were scared of in the first place). As to Giroud afterwards, to channel Alan Davies (apologies) his… Read more »


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