Arsenal Team News: Thomas Vermaelen, Carl Jenkison, Yossi Benayoun and Marouane Chamakh
Written by Jeffrey on November 1, 2011 4:45
Arsenal will tonight host Olympique Marseille in the Champions League with defenders Carl Jenkinson and Thomas Vermaelen fully fit and back in the squad.
With both players coming on as substitutes last Saturday against Chelsea, manager Arsene Wenger did indeed confirm that both players will be in the squad for the game with the manager explaining that he is yet to take a decision on whether to utilise either one of them in the Arsenal defensive department.
The Arsenal boss added that Yossi Benayoun is back in the squad after missing the Chelsea game because of the loan agreement but striker Marouane Chamakh – even if not involved on Saturday – is out after suffering a knee injury.
On Marseille, Wenger concluded by saying that they are more at ease away from home as they are very strong when on the counter with the manager highlighting the fact that just like Arsenal they enjoyed positive results in their last three games.
Ahead of tonight’s game, the manager said:
The mood was already good but it’s better, it hopefully convinces my team that we can realise big things.
But it’s one step, what is at stake for us now is to be capable to play big game after big game and show the same focus and the same quality.
[Carl Jenkinson and Thomas Vermaelen] will both be available and in the squad tomorrow.
I haven’t picked the team yet so I don’t know [if they are fit enough to start]. Are they fit enough to play? Yes, of course.
Yossi Benayoun is back in the squad. [Marouane Chamakh] is injured. He has a knee problem. A slight effusion in the knee and therefore he is not even involved tomorrow.
I believe [Marseille] have the team which certainly is more at ease away from home.
They are a side who can defend well with very physical and quick players on the break. So I believe that the counter attack suits them more than dominating the game.
They have gained in confidence in between the two games like we have so it should be an interesting tie.
But for us it’s an opportunity to qualify and of course we want to take this chance.