Arsenal’s Official 18-Man Squad To Face Montpellier

By on September 17, 2012

Abou Diaby

Arsenal start their 2012/13 champions league campaign with a tough away trip to French champions Monpellier on Tuesday night, and we have the 18-man squad for the game.

Boss Arsene Wenger has made two changes to the squad that makes the trip to France after Saturday’s 6-1 demolition of Southampton at the Emirates.

Midifelder Abou Diaby is recalled after missing the weekends action with a minor knock picked up while on international duty last week. Diaby has been one of Arsenal’s best performers so far this season and Wenger decided to rest him against the Saints to ensure he would be fit to face Montpellier. Russian attacker Andrei Arshavin is the man to be left behind.

Regular No.1 Wojciech Szczesny has been forced to miss the match after picking up an ankle injury. Youngster James Shea is drafted in with Vito Mannone expected to start between the sticks.

Here is the full squad to face Montpellier as announced on Arsenal.com earlier:

James Shea
Carl Jenkinson
Kieran Gibbs
Thomas Vermaelen
Per Mertesacker
Laurent Koscielny
Abou Diaby
Mikel Arteta
Santi Cazorla
Francis Coquelin
Aaron Ramsey
Theo Walcott
Andre Santos
Olivier Giroud
Gervinho
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Lukas Podolski

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16 Comments

  1. khriezo_gooner

    September 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    We shudnt take the french cham lightly even if they r in form or out. We must put our best starting eleven against them and winning big wil gv our players confident ahead of city game.

  2. richard morgan

    September 17, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Your right we should not take montpelier lightly and with the squad we are taking that does not seem to be the case. However, an unbeaten start to the season and one goal conceded and three clean sheets the squad should be confident enough of taking on manchester city and getting a result without tomorrows game of course a good result tomorrow will give them even more confidence but they should be confident enough already. The only concern with the city match is that they have been conceding goals and are yet to keep a clean sheet.personally i would give cazorla and poldolski a place on the bench start with ramsey and coquelin in centre of midfield with arteta front three of gervino giroud and walcott back four i would keep the same and give kos some etra rest with the last twenty mins to be ready for saturday’s match.

  3. Woolwichstilhere

    September 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    True KG

  4. Woolwichstilhere

    September 17, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Do u still think Francis Coq. is not good enuf

  5. Gooner

    September 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    you forgot to write Vito Mannone

  6. ojikiti

    September 17, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I was expecting Gnaby on d bench

  7. Adesola

    September 17, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Why do u have to 4got to write Mannone

  8. Pangzam

    September 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    We will still unbeated dispart meeting wit man city

  9. Zaidovski

    September 17, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Any combination without Ramsy is a winning formulae.

    But it will never be good enough beyond group stage.
    We still lack quality on the bench.

    Frimpong, Ramsy and Wilshire are NOT and will NEVER be world class players like arteta and Cazorla.

    We have average players with two or 3 quality.

    That’s not enough to win Europe.

    Maybe enough for another expected predictable top 3 in premier league.

    But only after a few more dry seasons and Arsene running away will fools finally agree British youth was the reason we are crap.

    More foreign players are needed for a good team.
    British players are over rated, expensive and lazy.

    Tabloid media support and blind fans give them favours and excuses.

    Look at Ramsy.

    In Spain he would have been terminated and working as a garbage man.

    • Lizzie gooner

      September 17, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      I take it you dont watch arsenal a lot Ramsey is a good player and you just have to give him a chance

    • jimi

      September 17, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      What a dumbass.
      btw it’s ramsey* and wilshere* and they are both already top class

    • KennyO

      September 18, 2012 at 12:02 am

      Ramsey is 21, and he is doing well for his age. He is showing class more recently and I would not like haters like you to continue talking negative of him.

    • afc

      September 18, 2012 at 2:30 am

      your mum is a garbage man.

  10. Mike Gunner

    September 18, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I just hope hope Arsenal win comfortably to get the confodence for the MC match.For this match,I believe ,the defence will be stretched to the limit. If the defence meaning the whole team can stfle the MC forwards,it will be a good omen.
    As in all games,time and space will be of utmost importance.Arsenal must not give any of the MC players time and space otherwise the latter can wreak havoc.
    I believe the gunners can nick a narrow 1-0 win.

  11. barry11

    September 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    i think we should start giroud, hes struggled and i think a game against Monpellier his old club will do him the world of good, but we shoudnt be too overconfident against this team they won the french league 1 last year so it wont be an easy game!

  12. Morgan madoya

    September 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Wenger should start astrong team

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