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Arsenal defeat Montpellier to progress yet again

Published: Wednesday 21 November 2012, 22.50CET
Arsenal FC 2-0 Montpellier Hérault SC
Jack Wilshere's first goal in nearly two years and Lukas Podolski's volley ensured Arsenal's progress to the last 16 for the 13th season in a row.
by David Crossan
from Arsenal Stadium

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ArsenalMontpellier

Goals scored2
 
0
on target7
 
5
off target4
 
6
Corners7
 
3
Offsides3
 
7
Fouls committed17
 
13
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)54
 
46

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2013 21:19 CET

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Published: Wednesday 21 November 2012, 22.50CET

Arsenal defeat Montpellier to progress yet again

Arsenal FC 2-0 Montpellier Hérault SC
Jack Wilshere's first goal in nearly two years and Lukas Podolski's volley ensured Arsenal's progress to the last 16 for the 13th season in a row.

Arsenal FC qualified for the UEFA Champions League round of 16 with a match to spare thanks to an assured home victory against Montpellier Hérault SC, now guaranteed to finish bottom of Group B.

An improved second-half display from Arsène Wenger's side was graced by goals from Jack Wilshere and Lukas Podolski, both of which came virtue of former Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud's assists and capped moves of sumptuous quality. Having managed a single point from their double-header against FC Schalke 04, Arsenal's win – combined with the Bundesliga team beating Olympiacos FC – carried the Gunners beyond this stage for the 13th successive season.

After an uncharacteristic flurry of misplaced passes at the start of the game, the hosts struck the crossbar in the 11th minute through a powerful Laurent Koscielny header. However Montpellier, encouraged by a vociferous travelling contingent, were showing sufficient commitment to please coach René Girard and offered a sporadic threat on the counter.

The visitors were also doing an admirable job of restricting the supply lines to Giroud, top scorer for the French champions in Ligue 1 last term. Podolski looked more likely to break the deadlock but, having dispossessed Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, the German international slid a right-footed shot wide.

Having kept Giroud quiet before the interval, Montpellier were undone by the forward's first significant intervention four minutes after the restart. The French international's knockdown from a Thomas Vermaelen cross was met by Wilshere – showing great energy for one so recently returned from 17 months out with an ankle injury – who concluded a fine move with a deft left-footed finish for his first competitive goal since November 2010.

Wojciech Szczęsny saved from Rémy Cabella as Montpellier attempted to get back on terms, but it was 2-0 soon after the hour. Giroud was again the provider, delightfully scooping the ball up into the perfect area for Podolski to run onto and hammer in an unstoppable left-footed volley from the edge of the box.

Wenger's men were now in full flow and goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren was required to deny both Santi Cazorla and Giroud. Montpellier, whose substitute Emanuel Herrera went close late on, now have one more chance to record a first win in their debut UEFA Champions League campaign, when they host Schalke on matchday six. Arsenal travel to Olympiacos knowing they will top the section if they win and Schalke drop points.

Last updated: 04/12/12 23.13CET

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Lineups

arsenal

Arsenal

montpellier

Montpellier

1
SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny (GK)
16
JourdrenGeoffrey Jourdren (GK)
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
3
Yanga-MbiwaMapou Yanga-Mbiwa (C)
4
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
5
BedimoHenri Bedimo
Yellow Card66
5
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen (C)
8
MounierAnthony Mounier
6
KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
Yellow Card76
9
CharbonnierGaëtan Charbonnier
Substitution69
8
ArtetaMikel Arteta
10
BelhandaYounes Belhanda
9
PodolskiLukas Podolski
Goal63
12
CongréDaniel Congré
10
WilshereJack Wilshere
Goal49
13
EstradaMarco Estrada
Substitution80
12
GiroudOlivier Giroud
Yellow Card53
Substitution85
20
CabellaRémy Cabella
Substitution69
15
Oxlade-ChamberlainAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Substitution70
21
El KaoutariAbdel El Kaoutari
19
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Yellow Card39
Substitution84
25
DeplagneMathieu Deplagne
Yellow Card83

Substitutes

24
MannoneVito Mannone (GK)
1
PionnierLaurent Pionnier (GK)
16
RamseyAaron Ramsey
Substitution70
4
HiltonHilton
22
CoquelinFrancis Coquelin
Substitution84
6
MarveauxJoris Marveaux
Substitution80
23
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
11
HerreraEmanuel Herrera
Substitution69
25
JenkinsonCarl Jenkinson
14
PitauRomain Pitau
27
GervinhoGervinho
Substitution85
27
JeunechampCyril Jeunechamp
28
GibbsKieran Gibbs
28
MartinJonas Martin
Substitution69

Coach

Arsène Wenger (FRA) René Girard (FRA)

Referee

Fırat Aydınus (TUR)

Assistant referees

Serkan Ok (TUR), Alek Tascioglu (TUR)

Fourth official

Çem Satman (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Mete Kalkavan (TUR), Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)

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