Arsenal beat Marseille 2-0 after two goals from Jack Wilshere the Emirates.
Wilshere scored the only goal of the half in just 30 seconds. Bacary Sagna’s ball forward found Wilshere in space on the right wing. The England midfielder drove into the box, cut onto his left foot and curled a shot into the far corner.
Arsenal then dominated possession but did little with it. Aaron Ramsey failed to turn in a Wilshere cross, and the next real chance came when Nicolas N’Koulou tripped Ramsey outside the box, the referee wrongly awarding a penalty. Mesut Ozil had his poor penalty easily saved by Steve Mandanda.
On 65 minutes, Wilshere doubled his tally and Arsenal’s lead, when Ramsey’s neat pass for Ozil, bursting into the box, was pulled back by the German for Wilshere to slot past the ‘keeper.
The substitute Florian Thauvin went close as the game drew to a close to give Arsenal a scare, but Arsenal was always in control. Next week’s games remain crucial.