Arsenal have one foot in the Champions League knockout stage after defeating Marseille 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.
Jack Wilshere scored a rare double as the Gunners controlled proceedings at home to move to 12 points which has them sitting three clear on top in Group F after Borussia Dortmund beat Napoli 3-1 in Germany.
Arsenal’s opening goal came within 30 seconds when Wilshere raced onto a Bacary Sagna pass down the right before cutting onto his preferred left foot inside the area to convert with a lobbed effort into Steve Mandanda’s top right corner.
The Gunners could have easily had a second on a number of occasions most notably when Mandanda did well to keep out Aaron Ramsey from point blank range after he had been set up by Wilshere before the Marseille keeper managed to deny Mesut Ozil from the penalty spot late in the first half.
It took 20 minutes of the second half for the Gunners to add to their early opener and it was Wilshere again, side-footing home from close range, after Ramsey had played in Ozil on the right with the German picking out the England midfielder in the middle of area.
It was a fairly dominant performance from Arsene Wenger’s men who now have to wait until their December 11 trip to Naples to secure their spot in the Round of 16 which will occur provided they can avoid a 3-0 defeat.
2013/14 UEFA Champions League – Group F scores
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