Arsenal vs Montpellier: Slow and Steady wins the race

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Jack Wilshere has recently returned to full form with his childhood club Arsenal and today he made an impact like no other. After being 14 months in the shadows, Jack Wilshere has broken out into the lime light with an almighty bang. He pushed personal fears of deprivation aside as he scored his first goal for Arsenal since returning from his long stretch of injury.

If Arsenal ever needed to win a game, it was this match against Montpellier at the Emirates which was vital. If Arsenal didn’t secure these three points, then it was all over red rover for the club as they would be on their way to bidding farewell to the UEFA Champions League.

After a tentative first half, Arsenal were entering the second half with the definite need of these three points hanging above their heads. It took none other than the man with the fire in his belly to break the silence. Jack Wilshere, the player with the determination of a champion, broke the dead lock with a chip over the keeper with his left foot. After a trivial header from Olivier Giroud, the Englishman beat the keeper to tap the ball in, wildly celebrating afterwards with fans and the Arsenal medical staff.

Olivier Giroud also set up Lukas Podolski who scored an absolute cracker to break the hearts of many Montpellier fans. Giroud set an overhead pass with his left foot to his German counterpart who smashed his volley past the Montpellier keeper into the back of the net. This was Podolski’s third goal in three games for his new club and it was a kick of ferociousness to seal the game for the Gunners.

“You always know with Olivier that you will get a guy who fights for the team. Technically it was not one of his best games, but after matches when you measure his performance it is [often] decisive. He had two assists here. Defensively he is always very reliable,” says the Arsenal manager, complimenting Giroud.

Montpellier put up a fight against the Red of North London but you can’t beat a team full of Cannons.

In other news from the UEFA Champions League, the fate of 13 teams has been decided.
While FC Porto, Paris Saint Germain, AC Milan, Arsenal FC, FC Schalke 04, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Malaga CF have qualified to the last 16 – with Borussia Dortmund and Malaga topping their group – FC Dynamo Kyiv and Olympiacos have sealed their place in the UEFA Europa League whereas GNK Dinamo Zagreb and Montpellier Herault SC have been eliminated.

“I’m very proud,” he said. “Thirteen times in a row we [have] qualified… it’s most difficult to be consistent at our level. It is a credit to the club, because it is not as easy as it looks. If you look all over Europe, there are not many teams who do it,” Arsene Wenger expresses proudly.

 

Wenger’s post match conference:

 

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