Arsenal v Marseille: Players who must start for the Gunners
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Despite turning in an indifferent display against Marseille at the Velodrome in France, Arsenal still managed to come away with a 1-0 win thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s last-gasp strike. However Didier Deschamps side will up their game and the Gunners need to be prepared as the showdown, which will go a long way to deciding who gets the top spot in the group, looms large.
Firstly, starting Robin van Persie is a must. The Dutchman has been carrying Arsene Wenger’s side on his own in recent weeks and it is imperative that he is not rested, like he was against Stoke City last weekend. He has been the catalyst of their return to prominence and he is their most vocal player on the pitch.
Next, The North Londoners must do everything in their power to get Thomas Vermaelen fit for the game. The Belgian limped off as his team beat Bolton in the Carling Cup and forming a partnership with Per Mertesacker will be pivotal in nullifying the talented Marseille attack.
Finally, Ramsey and Gervinho must start after their excellent recent performances at the expense of the insipid pairing of Andrei Arshavin and Theo Walcott. The latter two epitomised the lack of cutting edge in Arsenal at the Stade Velodrome and despite the Russian’s positive show against Bolton, Wenger should give the nod to his more dependable players.
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