Marseille v Arsenal: Wenger ready for ‘group of death’

Arsenal v Marseille Champions League

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Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal have been drawn in the toughest group as they prepare to take on Marseille in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Gunners face a tricky opening game when they take on the French side at the Stade Velodrome and things do not get much easier in Group F.

Rafael Benitez’s Napoli and last year’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund are also in the group and Wenger knows his Gunners side face a tough job to get through to the next stage.

The Gunners have not gone out at this stage since way back in 1999/2000 but Wenger admits this group is as tough as it gets and they need a good start.

“If you look at the group, I would say yes it is the hardest group because all the four teams have a chance to qualify,” he said.

“That means the every game is basically a very important one.

“On average you need 10 points to qualify so that gives you the task – 10 points in a group is difficult as that could be a reasonable number to get through.

“[Away games] will play a big part because it is difficult to predict that you will absolutely win your three home games.

“But anyway, you need points away from home and as you know, like in every competition, the start is very important for the confidence of the team and to put you in a good position.”

Arsenal’s chances have been boosted by the news that both Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil have shaken off knocks and have been passed fit to play.

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