This week in France, Ligue 1 sides take on their first mid-week card of the season, something that, coming off the first round of European games is a definitely time for the league’s top sides. However, at Olympique de Marseille, they don’t have such a problem and it has led to some excellent performances from Arsenal target and OM winger Florian Thauvin.
Despite advances from the London club this summer, and the ongoing links, Thauvin declared he is happy in Marseille, and there is no reason he shouldn’t be. His side are top of Ligue 1 and playing some wonderful football at the moment.
Thauvin is not the only player in Marseille’s attack to have been linked with a move away, with Andre Ayew, Dimitri Payet and Andre-Pierre Gignac all rumoured with leaving the club this summer.
On Tuesday they take on Stade de Reims at the Stade Auguste Delaune, looking to continue their excellent form. It’s not just the results that have gone their way, but the free-flowing attacking football has been a joy to watch. The same sort of football Arsenal can play when at their best.
If Arsenal are still genuinely interested in making a move for Thauvin in the next seven months, they will get a great idea of how he would fit in Arsene Wenger’s system by the way that Marcelo Bielsa has OM playing in the opening six games of the season.
If Arsenal fans want to get a glimpse of Thauvin and his teammates and see if the France under-21 international can add to his assist and two goals, the match is on BT Sport 2 at 6pm on Wednesday.
Then on Wednesday evening, Newcastle United fans might be interested to take a look at how Montpellier are faring after they signed top scorer Remy Cabella this summer.
It hasn’t been the worst start for La Paillade; they have three wins from six and after the goalless draw at Lille on Sunday the sit sixth in Ligue 1. Montpellier post-Cabella looks to be faring better than their Geordie friends this season.
They host Monaco at the Stade de Mosson on Wednesday and although the Monegasque side sit 16th currently, an away win would take them level on points with their opponents.
One of the reasons Montpellier has started so well if the play of 20-year-old Morgan Sanson. The midfield plays deeper than Cabella, but he has shown bags of leadership and has already proved to be MHSC’s creative presence this season.
Sanson will be looking to pull the strings against Monaco and you can watch that game on ESPN at 6pm on Wednesday.