Ahead of Arsenal’s first group stage Champions League clash of the season, tonight’s opponents have stated that they aren’t afraid of Arsenal, and that they will be going all out to get three points tonight. Arsenal have travelled to France to face Marseille in what will be a highly anticipated first Champions League group stage game, after Arsenal successfully managed to get through to this stage with a 5-0 win against Fenerbahce on aggregate.
Having drawn Borussia Dortmund, Marseille and Napoli in our group, many have stated that Marseille are our easiest opponents and although I don’t necessarily disagree with that, I still don’t think it will be an easy game for Arsenal. Marseille have earned their way into this competition, as has everyone else including Arsenal, so they will definitely be worthy opposition. The real question is do they have what it takes to get the win over the Gunners?
Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has spoken ahead of the Champions League clash, and has stated that the French side aren’t fearful of Arsenal despite being labelled as the weaklings in the group.
Mandanda told the media: “We are not afraid. We have to show desire and ambition. We know the significance of the first match and it will be important to have a good start, even if this game is not decisive.
“We used to have difficulties in our first games in Europe, but this is a new season and we need to start well and perform. We were frustrated last year when we did not play Champions League football, so we are looking forward to returning.
“These games are magnificent to play in and we are delighted to be back in this competition. We missed it. We want to win, but we know we will be up against a great team. We are in a difficult group; we knew it would be complicated.”
I don’t think Marseille will be an easy game however I do recognise that this is our greatest chance to get all three points because I think we may really struggle against Dortmund, whilst we should be on par with a much improved Napoli side. With several key players apparently out of the Arsenal line up, it certainly doesn’t make things easier however I think we could run out as 2-1 winners tonight. Come on you Gunners!