By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger believes his side’s fixtures against Marseille will decide their Champions League destiny.

Arsenal travel to Stade Veledrome on Wednesday to face the French outfit in their crucial Group F clash.

Wenger’s side have already taken four points from their opening two group fixtures and the manager has set a specific target from the forthcoming double-header.

“The two games against Marseille will decide our qualification,” the Frenchman said. “If we take four points then we will qualify.

"They have a similar run to us - a disappointing start in the championship and they have done well in the Champions League. It is exactly the same.

“They are a team who has potential. It is their football place in France because it is a part of a culture in the city - the culture of the city turns around Marseille. It is a massive, massive football place in France, the biggest."

Wenger admitted Marseille’s impressive 3-0 victory against Dortmund on Matchday Two had surprised him and says they will be no pushovers.

“They have potential,” he said. “They have a good midfield and have players like Lucho Gonzalez, Benoit Cheyrou, Stephane Mbia. You look at the names and they have a good team.

“It was a complete surprise to me that they beat Dortmund [so comfortably] because I was impressed by them.

“Marseille can be dangerous because they are good on the counter-attack. I think at home they will try to play like that against us.”

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15 Oct 2011