Arsenal predicted XI vs Marseille - Walcott in or out...?

Arsenal face Marseille in the Champions League in midweek, how will they line up?

Arsenal's Champions League group is not an easy one to assess, but if results go their way they could qualify for the knockout phases on Tuesday.

They face whipping boys Marseille, who have lost every single game, albeit narrowly - defeated 2-1 by the Gunners in France.

Nonetheless anything but three points would be disappointing for Arsene Wenger's men, who should also hope Napoli can win away to a depleted Dortmund to ensure their qualification. That would mean Arsenal not have to travel to Italy for the group's final match needing to get a result.

Marseille themselves gave Napoli a fright in their last game, losing 3-2, and while winger Andre Ayew is out injured, Dmitri Payet and Florian Thauvin are both in good form and are players to watch.

Here is how we expect Arsenal to line up...


Sagna Koscielny Mertesacker Gibbs

             Flamini     Ramsey

      Wilshere      Ozil      Cazorla


There is one change in the team from the weekend win over Southampton, and that is Mathieu Flamini returning in central midfield for Mikel Arteta.

Flamini is fit but was suspended for the Saints game, and will be keen to get back into action against his former club. Arsene Wenger has a tough decision to make, and it could even be Ramsey who is rested. Only three of Flamini, Ramsey and Arteta can go into two, but given Ramsey's superb form this season we would expect Wenger to keep him in and leave Arteta out.

The plan no doubt would have been to bring Theo Walcott in for this game, but Wenger commented last night that 'he is still a bit short physically', and we can see him playing a role from the bench rather than as a starter.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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