Nice vs Marseille: 6 Former Arsenal Players Face Off in Epic French Ligue 1 Clash

Nice vs Marseille: 6 Former Arsenal Players Face Off in Epic French Ligue 1 Clash

Fred Kennedy
August 29, 2022 at 11:11 AM
  • A record six former Arsenal players were in action as Nice battled Marseille on Sunday, August 28, at the Allianz Riviera
  • Marseille boasted a vast array of former ex-Gunners, with Matteo Guendouzi, Sead Kolasinac, Nuno Tavares, and Alexis Sanchez all featuring for them
  • On their part, Nice had Aaron Ramsey and Nicolas Pepe, who joined them on loan within their ranks
  • The French top-flight match ended 3-0 in favour of Marseille, with Sanchez scoring a brace in the first half

Nice vs Marseille French Ligue 1 clash saw six former Arsenal stars face off at the Allianz Riviera.

The six included Alexis Sanchez, who is currently plying his trade with Marseille following his departure from Inter Milan earlier in the summer transfer window.

Alexis Sanchez, Nicolas Pepe, Aaron Ramsey, Nuno Tavares, Guendouzi, Kolasinac, Marseille, Nice, Ligue.
Marseille players celebrate during the Ligue 1 match between OGC Nice and Olympique de Marseille at Allianz Riviera. Photo by Johnny Fidelin.
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The tie also saw Nicolas Pepe handed his debut for Nice, having joined the French club on loan from Arsenal.

His debut earned him a rare opportunity to clash with his Arsenal teammate in the shape of Nuno Tavares, who is also turning out for Marseille on loan.

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Other former Arsenal stars who featured in the clash were Matteo Guendouzi, Sead Kolasinac, and Aaron Ramsey.

Alexis Sanchez, Nuno Tavares shine as Marseille hammer Nice

However, it was Sanchez and Tavares who stole the limelight during the tie, with the duo finding the back of the net to inspire Marseille to victory.

Chilean forward Sanchez was making his third appearance of the season for Les Olympiens since his arrival, and needed just nine minutes to score the opener with a thunderous finish.

Tavares doubled the lead in the 37th minute from the edge of the penalty area to take his tally to three goals for Marseille.

Sanchez went on to grab a brace minutes before the break as the visitors took a 3-0 comfortable lead into the break.

Neither side could find the back of the net in the second half, with Marseille holding firm to their lead to claim maximum points.

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