Arsenal FC: After Marseille Victory, Gunners Look Forward to the Weekend

Paddy MillerContributor IIIOctober 20, 2011

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - OCTOBER 19: Aaron Ramsey (R) celebrates with Laurent Koscielny (L) of Arsenal after scoring an injury time winning goal during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Olympique de Marseille and Arsenal FC at Stade Velodrome on October 19, 2011 in Marseille, France.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Arsenal FC went top of Group F in the UEFA Champions League with a 1-0 win away Wednesday afternoon at Marseille.

Aaron Ramsey slotted home a goal two minutes deep into injury time to give the Gunners a stunning victory in southern France.

The victory gives Arsenal the inside track to the knockout stages with three group matches remaining. 

With that midweek win and last Sunday’s win against Sunderland at Emirates Stadium, Arsenal have two quality wins in a row and the feeling is seemingly better in North London.

While the Premier League campaign started out slowly for Arsene Wenger’s men, they have showed quality in Champions League contests. The Gunners are alive in the League Cup competition, as well.

Arsenal currently occupy the 10th spot in the Barclays Premier League, in which after after a handful of games, they hovered just above the relegation zone.

Last Sunday’s game against the Black Cats saw Gunners captain Robin van Persie bag two goals, including a sublime, late-game free kick that was the eventual winner and saw the Gunners grab three points against their northeast rivals.

Arsenal now look forward to a Premier League home game on Sunday against Stoke City.

Known for their physical style, the Potters will try and emphasize that physicality against the sometimes fragile back line of Arsenal. However, with van Persie on form, the Gunners should be able to score goals and hopefully take three points away for a second straight week.

Stoke defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Europa League on Thursday. Therefore, both the Gunners and their opponents should be heading into Sunday’s contest level in terms of physical wear and tear.

If the Gunners can capture three points at the Emirates on Sunday, it will herald their return to the top-half of the Premier League and place them in position for a legitimate run into next years’ Champions League.