Pre Match
September 18, 2013 7:45 PM BST
Stade Vélodrome — Marseille
Referee:‬ Olegário Manuel Benquerenca‎

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Arsenal look to kick-start their Champions League campaign with a win against Marseille at the Stade Velodrome on Wednesday. But the road to glory will not be an easy one, as the Gunners find themselves in the formidable ‘Group of Death’.
Arsenal have been drawn alongside Marseille, Napoli and last year’s finalists Borussia Dortmund in Group F.

“The most important thing in the Champions League is to start well,” Defender Laurent Koscielny told for

“We are experienced in the Champions League and are all looking forward to this challenge again.

“We know this will be a big challenge for us but we did well against Marseille and Dortmund the last time we played and we are confident of doing it again.”

Expected lineup Marseille : Mandanda – Fanni, N’Koulou, Lucas Mendes, Morel – Romao, Imbula – Payet, Valbuena, A. Ayew – Gignac

Expected lineup Arsenal : Szczesny – Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs – Wilshere, Ramsey – Walcott, Ozil, Cazorla – Giroud

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