Arsenal vs Montpellier Preview: Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on November 21, 2012

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Arsenal will hope to secure qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League as they welcome Montpellier to the Emirates on Wednesday night.

After an excellent start, we’ve made life difficult for ourselves with the home loss to Schalke but can still secure we’re playing Champions League football in the New Year with all three points tonight.

We currently sit second in Group B after a 2-2 draw with leaders Schalke last time out, and a win tonight coupled with defeat for Olympikos, would ensure safe passage through to the last 16.

Montpellier are bottom of the group and have no chance of finishing in the top two but they will still be hopeful of beating the Greeks to the Europa League spot, so we can’t take them lightly.

Team News

In-form attacker Theo Walcott has been ruled out after picking up a shoulder injury during Saturday’s 5-2 win over Tottenham. Despite finishing the game, and even scoring the fifth goal in injury-time, Theo didn’t train on Monday and had a scan yesterday to see how long he’ll be out. Wenger is hopeful it’s only a short-term problem.

The good news is that left back Kieran Gibbs is back in the squad after a spell on the sidelines. While Thomas Vermaelen has done OK in recent weeks, it will be good to get Gibbs back in the side.

Gervinho is also back after recovering from an ankle injury but I hope Arsene starts Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in place of Theo after his superb cameo against Spurs.

Andre Santos is ruled out with a stomach injury and he joins Abou Diaby, Tomas Rosicky and Lukasz Fabianski on the sidelines.

Montpellier will be without striker Souleymane Camara after he picked up a third booking against Olympiakos last time out and is therefore suspended.

Striker Herrera should come in while fellow forward Karim Ait-Fana remains on the treatment table with a knee injury

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Despite our 2-0 defeat to Schalke last time out at the Emirates, we have an excellent home record in Europe. We’ve kept 16 clean sheets in our last 50 games and only lost once to foreign opposition during that period. Montpellier have the potential to cause problems, but we should be full of confidence after the weekend’s hammering of Spurs and dispatch of the French champions with relative ease. Arsenal 3-0 Montpellier.

What would your team be and what’s your score prediction? Get involved in the comments section.

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15 Comments

  1. Bilyaminu Tambuwal

    November 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Wenger must be stupid. Go and look 4anoda striker instead, I know Arsenal fans will always love Henry, but that should’nt be a reason 4 not signing anoda striker.

  2. TDS

    November 21, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    content with your team selection, hope they are all fit.

  3. manu

    November 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    hope girvino dont get a play and vermalen should be on the bnch with kos6 taking his place….. podi should be taken off at half time with arshavin coming in….ramsey with his excellent back pass style should never come in 🙂

  4. Enkuneh

    November 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    from dinosaurs age to modern human race, Wenger is becoming well known person to his greedy decision.
    Shame on Wenger. we need him to listen the 99% not only money. arrogant!

  5. JOSEWANDERA

    November 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I DONT KNOW IF YOU WORTH BE CALLED AN ARSENAL FAN HAVING THE COURAGE TO CALL WENGER STUPID.IF YOU’RE A SUPPORTER OF ANY OF THE TEAM THAT LOST YESTERDAY,THEN[A WARNING] THIS IS NOT YOUR BLOG.

    • karis

      November 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      well said Jose

  6. xharix yohens

    November 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    The Ox should be given chance. Thumbsup Jose.

  7. Emma

    November 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Wenger should sign aworld striker come jan

  8. Topgooner65

    November 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Wenger should try as much as possible to sign a defender or two and a talented goal scorer like robert lewandowski and lure in wilfried zaha and waris majeed

  9. Emma

    November 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Walcott should be given more striking role we don’t want 2 see wenger sacked like R Di Matteo please wenger do something gd 4 the club sign big names

  10. kessy

    November 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    i think arsenal will win 2days match but i’m afraid it will be too emotional for all arsenal fans. I will like to see montpellier score first and let see how well we can under pressure. Gunners 4life.

  11. Enkuneh

    November 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    @Josewandera
    what do you think it take to be a fan? is that to accept everything? not to criticize at a time when the manager lost a plot?
    Wenger is the most stupid coward who lost two champions league trophy being finalist and seven f**king year without even capital one cup. what a fuss?

  12. Macramon Obi

    November 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Arsenal should please sign one good stricker,two midfielders,two more defenders.one left full back and one central defender bcos Santos is more of stricker,not a defender

  13. Goonerboyo

    November 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    We shouldn’t buy anyone until we’ve sold at least 3. But on to the game. Arsene knows who is fit and training well so will pick the best available players and organise them in the formation that fits. I’m not informed or qualified enough to decide. If he’s Ok then Arshavin for Theo.

  14. caligunna16

    November 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    ——–woji——–
    sagna–per–kos–verm
    —–coque—arteta–
    oxo—arshavin—poldi
    ——–giroud——-

    jack/santi/gerv to come on if we start to loosing the game.

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