LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Midfielder Mathieu Flamini will return from suspension for Arsenal when they face Olympique Marseille in Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League group stage clash at the Emirates Stadium.
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Flamini is back from suspension and manager Arsene Wenger is set to recall the Frenchman and warns his players not to slip up against the travellers.
Also expected to return to the starting team is forward Theo Walcott, as Wenger revealed that all the players who featured at the weekend in the 2-0 EPL win over Southampton are available.
“Everybody from Saturday is available and of course Flamini is available as well because he’s back from suspension,” he said on the club’s official website at www.arsenal.com.
He added at his press conference: “Of course [Marseille] have nothing to lose and that always makes the French teams very dangerous.
“They have quality, Marseille, and they are in a better period because they won their last two games and that makes them a dangerous team to play against of course. The quality of our concentration and our focus will be vital.
Arsenal are tied with Napoli, who they travel to face next, on nine points in the group, and the Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla has also warned his teammates not to lose focus at home in the Group F clash.
“The main problem I see is everyone thinks it’s going to be an easy game for us to win,” Cazorla said arsenal.com.
“There is nothing at stake for Marseille because they have zero points but they are going to make things difficult for us.
“It may be tough and if we’re not careful we might slip up and then we might not be able to get through to the next round.
“We need to understand it’s a vital match. If we obtained a bad result then it would make things very complicated for us to go to Napoli and win there.”
The Gunners are still without forwards Yaya Sanogo (back) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and midfielder Abou Diaby (both knee).
Arsenal match squad: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud, Fabianski, Arteta, Monreal, Wilshere, Rosicky, Gnabry, Vermaelen, Bendtner.