Arsenal held at home to Marseille

Arsenal have drawn 0-0 with Marseille in the Champions League on Tuesday night, as Arsene Wenger’s side lacked the necessary guile to break down a stubborn French defence.

The Emirates outfit rested star striker Robin van Persie for the fixture, with South Korean forward Park Chu-Young partnering Gervinho in attack.

Despite not getting maximum points, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was generally pleased with the performances in the two games against Didier Deschamps’ team.

“Overall, I must say, we took four points from Marseille in the two games. So now we want to win the Dortmund game at home and then we are in a strong position,” he told Sky Sports.

“But, of course, it is good that we didn’t concede tonight because it was difficult to score in the second half.”

On the plus side, Thomas Vermaelen returned to the starting line-up for the North London team, and managed to play the 90 minutes after returning from injury.

In the other Group F game Borussia Dortmund beat Olympiacos 1-0 at Signal Iduna Park, with an early strike by Kevin Grosskreutz proving the difference between the sides.

Arsenal still sit on top of the group, a point ahead of Marseille, with a trip to face Olympiakos and a home game against Dortmund still to be played.

By Gareth McKnight