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    Arsenal 2-0 Montpellier

    Jack Wilshereís first goal for 2 years gave Arsenal the lead whilst Lukas Podolskiís stunning volley made sure of the 3 points.

    Arsenal nearly went ahead after 11 minutes when Thomas Vermaelenís cross found Laurent Koscielny 6 yards from goal but the French defender crashed his header against the bar.

    A driving run from Koscielny then nearly resulted in the opening goal for The Gunners. Despite being dispossessed on the edge of the box, Podolski managed to tackle the defender and his right-footed shot from the edge of the area beat the keeper but went just wide of the far post.

    A good one-two from Podolski and Santi Cazorla saw the former played through on goal but he could only put his shot wide. Montpellier then had a half chance to score, Younes Belhanda shooting just over from distance. As it was, both teams went in level at the break.

    4 minutes after half time however, Arsenal were level. Some quick, incisive passing saw Vermaelen in space on the left hand side. He checked back and his cross was knocked down well by Olivier Giroud and Wilshere raced on to the ball to dink it over the keeper. He looked delighted with the goal, his first since he scored against Aston Villa in November 2010.

    Arsenal then doubled their advantage in the 63rd minute. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made up a lot of ground on the right wing before passing to Podolski. The German international passed the ball to Giroud who then chipped a perfectly weighted ball over the top of the Montpellier defence for Podolski who met the ball with a sublime volley to leave the keeper helpless.

    Giroud had two assists to his name and he nearly grabbed a goal when played through by Podolski but Geoffrey Jourdren in the Montpellier goal came out and made a good save to deny him.
    Itís a win that sees Arsenal stay second in the group, a point behind Schalke. Meanwhile, winless Montpellier remain rooted to the bottom. To top the group, Arsenal need to win against Olympiakos and hope Montpellier beat Schalke.
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