Arsenal will look to seal progress, or at least make the vital steps towards the knock-out rounds, when they host Marseille in the Uefa Champions League.

The Gunners have been impressive in Europe so far this season and are sitting at the top of Group F with a point's lead over Marseille. They can seal progress to the next round if they beat Marseille and Olympiakos fails to do the same against Borrussia Dortmund.

Suddenly things look bright for Arsenal, after their horrific start to the season. They come to this game after a tremendous 5-3 away win at Chelsea - their eighth win in nine games in all competitions. They are just three points away from entering the top four of the Premier League for the first time this season and seem to have finally gotten their season back on track.

However, manager Arsene Wenger has warned his team to forget about Chelsea and concentrate on the next game.

We have now to forget about Chelsea, carry on, and prove that we can keep doing the job,'' Wenger said.We want just to qualify. Our job is to forget about the last game, take the positives out of it, and focus on the next one just as we had to do when we lost 8-2 to Manchester United.''

He added that there was still much to do as it is still early days in the season.

We are closer to the Champions League places now. The next step is to come back closer to the top four of the league before we do that. It's our deep desire (to challenge for the title), but we need some time to get back in a stronger position before we claim that.

We are in October and we still have a lot of margin to improve.''

In much the same manner, Marseille are also enjoying a rebirth. They have won three consecutive games in their league and domestic cup games and are looking forward to the clash at the Emirates.

Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda eagerly expressed his urge to carry on winning.

It's been a run of three or four games that we've been much better in,'' he said in the club's website. The results have been there as well so everything is a little easier at the moment and hopefully it lasts. When we win we're happy and there is less attention paid to our mistakes.''

A name mentioned almost synonymously with Arsenal these days is Robin Van Persie and Madanda is wary of his threat.

We know Arsenal's qualities and he is very important to Arsenal's team. But there are other players around him who are also dangerous. He scores a lot of goals, we know it won't be easy but similarly we know what to expect. We'll be ready.''

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Arsenal will be without Abou Diaby, Jack Wilshere, Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs, all of whom are injured. However, Wenger is boosted by the recent return of Thomas Vermaelen who could make his first start in two months.

Didier Deschamps side will be without the injured Stephane Mbia and Djimi Traore and will look to the highly-rated Loic Remy to provide inspiration.


Arsenal will be hard to beat, especially due to the impressive manner in which they won at Chelsea. Marseille will need to dig in.

Arsenal 2-0 Marseille.