Before every Arsenal fixture, we’ll bring you a Scouting Report on the Gunners’ next opponents.

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson will give his pre-match view and you can get his post-match verdict in our Talking Tactics feature on Arsenal Player.

Arsène Wenger and his side host Marseille in the Champions League on Tuesday so, to find out more, we also asked journalist Julien Laurens for his thoughts and analysis.

Stewart Robson

"Marseille’s attacking players failed to show their true qualities a fortnight ago due to an improved defensive display from Arsenal, but Arsène Wenger’s men must be aware of what they can produce.

"Loic Remy, the central striker, has real pace and will always look to make runs behind defenders and once in those areas he is a good finisher. Yet his link-up play in deeper areas is erratic, so Arsenal should not play too square and allow him space to run into."

Scouting Report - Tactics

"I think Marseille will be even more defensive this time. Didier Deschamps said yesterday that they will try to put together a team that can defend really well and play on the counter to try and trouble Arsenal. The idea is to be very solid at the back first of all, and then maybe to catch Arsenal out on the break.

"Since the first game they have improved a bit by winning their last three matches in a row and are now unbeaten in their last six league games. They have gained some more confidence and have improved their football too so they are a slightly better team than two weeks ago. I think Arsenal will have to be a little bit cautious.

"In the last two games they have played a 4-4-2 formation which worked well in France, but really against poor opposition. It is a completely different story tonight against a very strong Arsenal team. They will have to make sure they defend well on the wings and track back well.

"I think they will have a special Van Persie plan as well. I think to start with they will try to cut the relationship between him, Ramsey and Arteta. They know that the fewer balls he gets, the fewer opportunities he will have to score.

"I think Wenger may make a few changes, but not many. Maybe Andrey Arshavin will come in for Theo Walcott or Gervinho to give one of those a rest, perhaps Rosicky as well. Jenkinson may start as well just to give some of the players a bit of a breather.

"To be fair Marseille are not a team like Chelsea. Anybody who comes in for Arsenal should be good enough to play against them.

"I think Arsenal will win again, but this one will be a bit more comprehensive. I think Marseille have improved since the first game but so have Arsenal. The game on Saturday was a massive boost for the team and I really cannot see them not winning this, especially in front of their own fans. I'll go for 2-0, which would be a good result."

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    1 Nov 2011