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Team News: Montpellier vs. Arsenal

It seems like a long time since our match against AC Milan last season, because, well, it has been a long time, but after a long wait, the Champions League is finally back.

After we came within a gnat`s chuff of overturning a 4-0 deficit at The Grove we had to watch Chelsea luck their way to a European Cup win whilst we had to dream about next season.

Well next season is here, and we begin our European journey away at Olivier Giroud`s old club, Montpellier.

Let`s see which of our boys have been tasked with getting our campaign off to a flier.

Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen , Gibbs, Diaby, Arteta, Cazorla, Gervinho, Podolski, Giroud.

Substitutes: Shea, Koscielny, Santos, Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 18 2012

Time: 7:10PM

Your Comments

Obviously, the manager isn't taking this lightly and must believe it will be a more demanding game than is being made out. Very strong line up and bench without a thought for our game vs City.
Naijagunner
Strong line up indeed, surprised Koscielny wasnt given a chance tonight. The manager as gone for continuity as he stated earlier. Hope the players deliver.
Deltaforce
Hosts starting with a lot of energy and an early yellow card to Diaby. The Manager will be right to go for continuity, on this showing. We are settling well now.
Naijagunner
Penalty call against us. The ref is a joke. Tackle was on the line.
Naijagunner
Poooolllldiiiiiiii!!!!
Naijagunner
2-1! Gervinho.
Naijagunner
What an open game! Pulsating but we need to tighten the play, not defending as well as our previous games. Great play from the Pod and the Forehead.
Deltaforce
The penalty call against us was incredibly harsh but then we have had even worse decisions handed to us in the CL before. Good to be leading at half time. Perhaps time to hit Montpellier on the counter attack by bringing on AOC as a sub later on in the 2nd half.
Deltaforce
They play a very tight defensive game and are physical with their crowd egging them on. We've got to support Jenks a lot more as he is being taken on a jolly ride at times, by Mounier(?). We need a goal to give us a breather. A game for calm heads until that time.
Naijagunner
We've been holding on at times. But we are talking about the French champions here, at home. Arteta, bless him, plays as if he has been doing this all his life.
Naijagunner
3 points it is. We will have the profligacy of the Montpelier attackers to thank for that score line though. Good start, still.
Naijagunner
What a relief. Montpellier were outstanding in the second half and were unlucky not to get atleast a point. Lucky break for us, onwards and upwards!
Deltaforce
Happy about the three points, not going to complain about the second half - we can't expect all our games to be as easy as the weekend game. Although I would prefer for us to cut out the mistakes.
Dberg
Santi being off his game (by his own standards) didnt help the fluidity in our game nor did it help with possession of the ball. Arteta had to do the work of two players in midfield in the second half because Diaby looked tired after 70 minutes. A big improvement will be needed at City and they are a team which will be hurting after getting knocked out at the death in todays game.
Deltaforce
We were under the cosh a bit in the second half but any luck we got we earned I reckon. Everyone worked hard enough closing down and competing and the feeling was that Montpelier would need a lucky bounce of the ball to score. Isn't this just the sort of resilience many have been whining that we've missed for the last few seasons? Three points hard earned I say but nonetheless deserved.
Amos.
Exactly Amos, I heard Ray Wilkins say we'll get thumped by City on Sunday if we defend like that (or words to that effect) but I bet he didn't say the same about City's defending or Chelski's defending in last seasons CL. We need games like these just as much as the easy ones in order to show some steel now and again and to basically show that we can win under difficult circumstances.
Dberg
Dberg, you are right on the money there. Everyone worked hard and even though Giroud has not scored, he was an ever present and until he came off, Yanga Mbiwa hardly left his area unattended. He worked so hard and only needed a 2nd striker feeding off the numerous headers he won. This game will help confidence because that was no easy place to go.
Naijagunner
I didn't get to see the game last night however ANY 2-1 victory away from home in the Champions League is a good victory.
Rocky7
It's actually good that the team and defence got a serious working on from a good opposition since that's how you'll really find out how good you are. If anything, it's perfect preparation for the City game because we can look at the videos of what worked an what went wrong. When one team dominates so much is usually down to tactics/formation or tiredness and Montpelier looking visibly much more energetic than us in the second half would point to the latter. That said, it was a bit surprising we weren't able to retain control of the ball for longer periods.
Gooner_Vin
Interesting article here by Wenger on RvP - http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/arsene-wenger/impossible-explain-van-persie-loss-063243582--sow.html
Gooner_Vin
Typically, the media will fail to put his statement in context but will rather emphasize the possible inference of board and management disagreement in taking that decision. Another spin is how "Wenger fears RvP- Rooney combo", because he appeared to suggest that combination will be really good one. I also note a surreptitious attempt to take credit for the team's play from Wenger and ascribe it to Bould, worse now as Wenger was banned for the Montpelier game. Don't see the same disposition when other managers are sidelined. Wenger has to do well to remain above this pettiness.
Naijagunner
Naija - where are you getting this "spin" from? Or are you just predicting it'll happen? Don't get yourself wound up about it, Arsene wrote that article, it's all there in black and white
shewore
Good to get those 3 points. Again Giroud failed to convince me he is an Arsenal type of player. His first touch ..aarrggggggghhh. I am waiting for him to stop and ball with his first touch and make a good move. All i have seen is send the ball away immediately like a hot potato. It doesn't hurt Giroud, its football, play with it, dance around with it and let see if Grimandi and his fellas in france have not made some bucks for themselves.
Arseniger
You mean like the first touch that set up Podolski's goal?
Dberg
Shewore, I was referring to the interpretations being given Wenger's statement. I then went on to mention a couple of other occasions when his words are deliberately taken out of context. I guess it came out like I was referring to just the one 'article'. Sorry.
Naijagunner
Arseniger, you will find that very few will agree with you on Giroud. He is a different player from your usual ball juggling striker who will take on defenders and shoot. He is more of a target man, as seen from our many attempts to pick him out with the long ball, a lot of which he won; all we needed was another striker feeding off him. He was tightly marked by his determined ex teammates but still worked hard offensively and defensively. He gave Poldi the assist for the first goal and did attempt a deft flick towards Poldi which was intercepted, otherwise, we would be speaking of two assists. Notice how his departure was the cue for the CBs of our hosts to come forward. That should tell you something about the man.
Naijagunner
Naija, i want to agree with you but that Poldi's assist was not intentional, go back and look at it. Also having a second striker feed off him will amount to us changing our style of play, which i dont think will be good for us. I will keep my finger's cross and hoping he will atleast look better. Some people are already calling him Chamakh 2.0 but i will wait not go that route yet.
Arseniger
*and not go that route yet
Arseniger
But Chamakh has a storming start to his Arsenal career then gave up when it got tough. OG is trying his hardest for his new team and still putting in a shift even though things aren't particularly going his way.
No 10
Arseniger, its likely that once Giroud gets his first goal, your opinion may change.
Deltaforce
Delta, its not about goals for me. I guess i am seeing something different. i am looking for that player with skills, IQ and techniques but all i am seeing is power and awkwardness (the reason for stoke comparism). I see a player trying to be what he is not. Just like Chamakh tried to show skills he doesnt have. I hope i am wrong but its not looking good
Arseniger
Arseniger, as you know there are different types of strikers - the poachers like Owen, Nistelrooy and Inzaghi, the quick, versatile and skilful ones like Henry, Torres and the target men like Llorente, Shearer and Gomez. Giroud is in the last category - he may not always play off the shoulder of the last defender like the first category or be able to blow past defenders like the second category but he can do a bit of everything - he can hold the ball up, head the ball well, shoot well, move intelligently and can do so all day along. Dissapointment with a player is usually to do with expectation.
Deltaforce
haha Delta I think you have just described Bendtner
No 10
 

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