MARSEILLE - Arsenal got their Champions League campaign off to the ideal start on Wednesday as second-half goals by Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey secured a 2-1 win away to Marseille.
An even contest at the Stade Velodrome swung Arsenal's way in the 65th minute when their French hosts were made to pay for a defensive error, as Jeremy Morel's pitiful attempted clearance inside his own box was pounced upon by Walcott, who slammed the ball past Steve Mandanda in goal.
Walcott's first goal of the campaign was followed by a sixth of the season for the in-form Ramsey, who drove through the middle of the home defence before firing low past the helpless Mandanda on 83 minutes.
Jordan Ayew pulled one back from the penalty spot at the death, but that could not prevent Arsenal from making it six straight wins in all competitions.
"Marseille played well, while we played within ourselves in the first half and were a bit timid," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger afterwards.
"But then they dropped a bit in the second half. I knew when it was still 0-0 after an hour that the team who scored first would win."
Forward Olivier Giroud said their experience at this level had told.