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A more physical Arsenal side has shown up to play in the the south of Marseille.
At halftime it is Arsenal nil, Marseille nil.
The shot count is five to two in favor of the French side. Marseille has certainly looked the more dangerous side, as they have broken down the Arsenal defense time and time again.
Both sides have only had one shot on target a piece, with the Marseille defense looking rather shaky in the beginning, but shoring up as time passed. Arsenal's defense, though, have been lucky to escape the first half without at least two or three goals conceded.
Arsenal have controlled the possession with 57 percent of the ball, as opposed to Marseille's 43 percent, but the orange-clad men used their possession to play quickly on the break.
There were several major fouls committed by Arsenal, with Song and Santos both receiving yellow cards. Santos has been dancing on the tight rope, with several of his decisions and challenges being very risky.
Especially that ridiculous hand ball free kick he gave away rather deep in the Gunners half.
Marseille are not without fault though, as Andre Ayew received a yellow card for dissent, as he colorfully protested a hand ball non-call inside the penalty box.
Arsenal will need to pick up the tempo in the second half and really play their game. A defensive mentality will not be the key to success with such a weak defense.
All Marseille have to do is continue to pound crosses into the box, namely from Valbuena, and finish some of their many opportunities to really take control of this game.