Arsenal kick of Champions League campaign with win in Marsielle

Arsenal continued their fine form away from home as they beat Marseille 2-1 in the Champions League group opener yesterday evening.

The visitors took the lead on 65 minutes when Theo Walcott fire in a close range, angled volley before Aaron Ramsey doubled their advantage six minutes from time.

The Wales international has enjoyed a prolific start to the campaign, with six goals in just seven games, including three over two legs in the Champions League play-off victory against Fenerbache.

Manager Arsene Wenger has been pleasantly surprised by the form of the player who they signed from Cardiff City in 2008.

He suffered a career threatening injury following a tackle from Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross in 2010, an incident that saw him side-line for nine months.

It was Ramsey who gave the hosts the chance to score a late consolation with a penalty, though Andre Ayew appeared to make the most of the contact made by the 22 year old.

Ayew’s brother Jonathan converted the stoppage time spot kick, but it was the Gunners who took the points, and top the group ahead of their home game with Napoli on Tuesday week.

Incidentally, the Italians beat last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the groups other fixture.

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