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

Arsenal get their champions league campaign under way as they face Montellier on tonight. Here’s a preview with team news, likely line-ups and predicted score


Arsenal get their 2012/13 champions league campaign under way with a tough trip to face French champions Montellier on Tuesday night.

The hosts will be making their debut in Europe’s elite competition after their surprise Ligue 1 triumph last season but go into the game in poor domestic form having lost three of their five games so far.

Arsenal on the other hand are seasoned champions leaguers and will commence their 15th consecutive year in the competition tonight.

We are also in far better form and go into the game off the back of Saturday’s impressive 6-1 hammering of Southampton at the Emirates. A similar performance against Montpellier will surely only result in one outcome; an Arsenal win.

Much of the pre-match talk has centered around Olivier Giroud making a return to his old club and while he hit 20 goals last year for the French outfit, he’s struggled to replicate that form in an Arsenal shirt so far.

Arsene Wenger will be in the stands for this one as he begins his three-match touchline ban, so Steve Bould will be in charge.

Team News

Montpellier coach Rene Girard is able to welcome back Mapou-Mbiwa and Remy Cabella after resting them at the weekend. Emmanuel Herrera will continue in attack despite his poor early-season form. Girard has no fresh injury worries.

Arsene Wenger however has had to leave No.1 goalkeeper Woijech Szczesny behind after he picked up an ankle knock. Vito Mannone will come in and look to build upon the two clean sheets he’s collected already this season. Young keeper James Shea will be on the bench.

Theo Walcott is pushing for a start after overcoming the effects of a virus. Abou Diaby is expected to come back in after missing Saturday’s action with a minor muscle problem.

Jack Wilshere, Bacary Sagna, Tomas Rosicky, Lukasz Fabianski and Emmanuel Frimpong all remain out after lengthy lay-offs.

Likley Line-ups

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Many Gooners are calling for the boss to make changes with Sunday’s clash with Man City in mind. While Arsene may decide to adopt this approach, i would prefer to see a full-strength side put out.

We shouldn’t be taking any chances for this tricky away tie and getting off to a good start in the champions league is important. As is continuing our good form, and there is no better preparation for Sunday than a good performance and three points tonight.

Giroud is expected to start with Gervinho making way, but after an excellent display and two goals against the Saints, the Ivorian definitely deserves to keep his place in the team.

Predicted Score

We should be full of confidence after Saturday’s display and while Montpellier will be no push-overs, Arsenal should be too strong for them. Montpellier 0-2 Arsenal.

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

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  1. Hubert Hiew

    September 18, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Arsenal 4 Monpellier 1

  2. jack

    September 18, 2012 at 10:35 am

    mannone,coquelin,koscielny,vermaelen,santos,daiby,arteta,ramsey,walcot,giroud,arshavin.montpellier 1 arsenal 3

  3. gordon

    September 18, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I reckon:
    Jenkinson, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Santos
    Coquelin, Ramsey
    Walcott, Santi, Podolski

    Arsenal to win 2-1

  4. Harzey

    September 18, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Expect giroud nd gervinho to make d start just lyk saturday ox lade should be on bench

  5. Emmanuel collins

    September 18, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Manone,carl jakinson,kos,vaminator,santos,diaby,arteta,santi,aoc,gervinho.giroud.arsenal wl beat dam 3-0.

  6. zakariyau Jelyll

    September 18, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Wit wot happen last saturday l think d squard is ok if we can represent them dis evening or d likely line up 4 2day

  7. Oni taiwo

    September 18, 2012 at 11:07 am


  8. peterrichard

    September 18, 2012 at 11:12 am

    manone,jenk ,kos,verm,santos,conq,arteta,cazo,ox,pold,giro bench:gibbs,merta,gerv,diaby,shea,djo,ramsey

  9. Aregbesola elijah

    September 18, 2012 at 11:14 am


  10. Francis

    September 18, 2012 at 11:20 am

    wit manon,jenkinson,kosc,vermaelene,gibbs,coqueline,arteta,santi,ox,podoliski,Gervinho ARSE.3.Mont.1

  11. Indimuli

    September 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Arteta, Abou,Carzola

    Mont 1 : Arsenal 4

  12. oyeleke

    September 18, 2012 at 11:23 am

    arsenanl will win by 3-1

  13. biscolee wondaful

    September 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Arsenal 3-0 montpelier

  14. Zakaari

    September 18, 2012 at 11:38 am


  15. Israel

    September 18, 2012 at 11:43 am

    arsenal will definately carry the day, no matter who is staring for gunner. Mon 1 Ars 3.

  16. Gadabuke,kaka

    September 18, 2012 at 11:43 am

    gerv,giroud,podisk.arsenal wil win 3-0

  17. Tadewos

    September 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    with manone Arsenal will not concede
    Arsenal will win 4-0

  18. Shady

    September 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    There is no way that mont,will score against us,so there’ll be another clean sheet,so it will be 2-0,the gunners will win

  19. Jack carzola

    September 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I expect manon,carl,gibbs,koscienly,vermalean,arteta,diaby,walcott,carzola,giroud n podolski..arsenal 3 -mont 0.

  20. Funny Guy

    September 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Montpellier0:11 Arsenal wit dis players n formation
    If dis formation n playas rili makes u laf, jst sms me on 07064204740

  21. antony odinga

    September 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    i go with,manone,jenkin,gibbs,vermin,kosie,diaby,arteta,carzol,poldo,gervinoh,giroud.


    September 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    LET US REST the best players i.e carzola podolski and chamberlaine,and maybe gibbs,,we need them on sato to make mancity look like babies

  23. Vivacious

    September 18, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Considering manchester city match, i’l go for….Mannone,jenkison,kosc,vermaleen,santos….Coq,cazorla,ramsey…Walcot,podoski,giroud

  24. Fidelanzo

    September 18, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Mont 0-2 Arsnl.

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