Arsenal target puts Marseille back in title fight

Marseille Velodrome

Long-term Arsenal target Florian Thauvin set-up the first and scored the third goal in a 3-1 away win over Ajaccio.

The incredibly talented 20-year-old carried on his impressive form last night with a goal and an assist for Marseille as they chase Ligue 1 glory. 

Marseille had been stuttering in the league of late, and desperately needed the win against relegation battlers Ajaccio to thrust themselves back into the title fight.

It took 27 minutes for the deadlock to be broken. Dimitri Payet, another target from Arsenal in the past slotted the ball into the bottom left hand corner after being wonderfully assisted by Thauvin. 

Ajaccio pulled a goal back 4 minutes later but couldn't stop the force of Marseille as they put themselves 2-1 up. Experienced striker Andre-Pierre Gignac found the top corner from outside the box with a right foot shot.

Midway through the second half Florian Thauvin smashed the ball home after being brilliantly set-up by Payet, making it 3-1 to the visitors.

Marseille saw off some late pressure to grab a much needed win and force themselves back into the title race. They now sit two points behind Monaco, three points behind Lille and seven points behind holders Paris Saint-Germain, so have it all to do from now until the end of the season. 

Despite moving to Marseille from Lille in the summer for €15 million after a long-winded transfer battle, it has reportedly done nothing to dent Arsenal's interest in the French under-21 player. 

Touted as the next 'Ribery' the troubled youngster has endured a mixed bag from fans in France. Whilst considered one of the brightest young prospects in the country, he has been questioned over his attitude in particular, the attitude that saw him force a transfer in the summer.

The past looks to be behind him, as he continues to build a reputation as one of the finest young players in Europe. 

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