Cazorla warns Arsenal not to slip up v Marseille

Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:04pm EST
 
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal's path into the Champions League knockout rounds looks to be a safe one with a home game against rock bottom Olympique Marseille coming up on Tuesday but they are taking nothing for granted.

The Londoners top Group F with nine points from four matches, the same as second-placed Napoli and three more than Borussia Dortmund.

Should Arsenal beat Marseille and Dortmund fail to defeat Napoli, Arsene Wenger's side would be guaranteed to qualify with a game to spare.

Midfielder Santi Cazorla has warned against complacency especially with a trip to Naples concluding the group stages.

"The main problem I see is everyone thinks it's going to be an easy game for us to win," the Spaniard told the club's website (www.arsenal.com) after Saturday's 2-0 victory over Southampton also kept his side top of the Premier League.

"There is nothing at stake for Marseille because they have zero points but they are going to make things difficult for us. It may be tough and if we're not careful we might slip up and then we might not be able to get through to the next round.

"We need to understand it's a vital match," said Cazorla. "If we obtained a bad result then it would make things very complicated for us to go to Napoli and win there."

Marseille held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw the last time they played at the Emirates two years ago but the French club have a poor record in England.   Continued...

 
Arsenal's Santi Cazorla celebrates after scoring a goal against Liverpool during their English Premier League soccer match at the Emirates stadium in London November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez