[Player Ratings] Arsenal 2-0 Montpellier: Podolski Lethal But Giroud Stars

By on November 21, 2012

Lukas Podolski

Arsenal secured qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Montpellier at the Emirates on Wednesday night, with Jack Wilshere and Lukas Podolski on the score-sheet.

The win, coupled with Olympiakos’ defeat to Schalke, ensures we’re in the draw for the last 16 for the 13th consecutive season but we’ll still need a positive result in Greece to try and take top spot from the Germans.

The first half was pretty poor, the second half was much better. Both goals were excellent, with Olivier Giroud bagging both assists, but Podolski’s finish for the second was absolutely stunning! Here are my ratings.

Arsenal Ratings

Szczesny – 6 – Won’t have many easier games. Barely saw the ball in the second half, but made a decent save in the first period when he came out to deny Charbonnier when through on goal. Kicking was a little suspect at times though.

Sagna – 6.5 – Steady performance from Bac. Didn’t venture forward much in the first half but supported the attacks more in the second period.

Mertesacker – 7 – Untroubled at the back, won his headers and showed some nice skill at the other end, turning the defence inside out before his shot was blocked.

Koscielny – 7 – Made a couple of basic errors to give the toothless away side a sniff at goal but hit the bar with a powerful header in the first half and made some important tackles. Also saw some surging runs forward which was good to see.

Vermaelen – 7 – Involved in the first goal as his cross found the head of Giroud who knocked down for Wilshere to finish. Comfortable at the back and got forward on several occasions.

Arteta – 6 – Relatively quiet game from Mikel. Seems to have gone off the boil a little since Jack’s return. Coincidence?

Wilshere – 7.5 – Very sloppy early on as he gave away possession cheaply on several occasions, but improved as the game went on and we saw some trade-mark turns and runs. Took his goal very well and it was great to see him bursting into the box to get on the end of the knockdown.

Cazorla – 7 – Showed some beautiful footwork once again but was on the end of some rough treatment from the visitors and was taken off.

Podolski – 8 – What. A. Goal! Stunning volley shows how lethal the German is in front of goal. Could have had a couple in the first half but missed the target.

Chamberlain – 6 – Pretty quiet overall. Kept drifting into central areas in the first half but stuck to his touchline more in the second period. Nice run in the build up to the second but would like to have seen more from him. Subbed.

Giroud – 8 – He’s becoming a real handful. Works his socks off up front, wins his fair share of headers and grabbed two excellent assists. Also was unlucky not to get himself on the score-sheet. Improving all the time and he could end up one of the buys of the season.

Subs:

Ramsey – 6 – On for Chamberlain on the right wing and did OK.

Coquelin – N/A – On too late to make a real impression.

Gervinho – N/A – On too late to make a real impression.

If you missed the game or want to watch the goals again, you can watch highlights from Arsenal 2-0 Montpellier here.

What were your ratings from the game? Get involved in the comments section.

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12 Comments

  1. jo

    November 21, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    im sorry but arteta hasnt bee off formthe amount of tackles he made toda was brill

  2. splodge

    November 22, 2012 at 12:26 am

    What are you on, Arteta was almost flawless tonight.

  3. Arsenal14

    November 22, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Arteta was excellent tonight. He isnt the most glamorous player but is crucial to the way we play and deserves more credit.

  4. OMGArsenal

    November 22, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Too harsh on Arteta, a bit too critical of the team in the first half but what the heck….a nice win, following our demolition of the Totts.

  5. bc

    November 22, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Harsh on arteta and ramsey

  6. justofex

    November 22, 2012 at 4:55 am

    Giroud is coming up am happoy 4 him

  7. Cupsui

    November 22, 2012 at 5:40 am

    For mine Arteta was very close to MOTM. he was everywhere…if i am correct are you not the guy who said arteta is just not athletic enough as well?

    No idea!!

    The man is a machine one of the most underrated players not just in england but europe!!

  8. emmanuelson

    November 22, 2012 at 6:15 am

    dat was too harsh on arteta. I think he did some very good marking and overall,a good game 4rm himself and d midfield trio. Am beginning 2 c d kind of partnership 4rm d three of dem. Hope we get more of dis performance(4rm d midfield)

  9. LiviB

    November 22, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Arteta was MOTM!!!

    I seriously suggest you watch the match again. In the first half he held a very poor Arsenal together. In the second half he provided the platform for the win.

    He is Cesc and Song rolled into one!!!

  10. Wamala

    November 22, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Surely arteta is the engine of our team yet under rated most times

  11. Goonerboyo

    November 22, 2012 at 7:46 am

    We all agree Arteta worth more but basically they are a relatively poor team by ECL standards and we made them look good at times. Comfortable win, did just enough, not great in front of goal. Podolski finish and Giroud assist reminiscent of RVP and Song!
    It’s coming along but more ingredients need to be added to the mixture if this is going to be the rich cake we want. Excuse the culinary metaphor.

  12. Frank

    November 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    For me Giroud is our MOTM and Arteta was also very good in the middle of the park but what a goal from Poldi ‘BEAUTY’

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