Arsenal eager to get Champions League campaign back on track against Montpellier
Last Updated: November 21, 2012 10:23am
Arsene Wenger: Looking for Arsenal to book a place in the last 16 with one game to spare
Arsenal could secure UEFA Champions League progress against Montpellier, but will be eager to get back to winning ways regardless.
Victory for the Gunners at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, coupled with a defeat for Olympiakos at Schalke, would see them into the last 16 of Europe's premier club competition.
While such a situation provides added incentive for Arsene Wenger's troops, they will be desperate to pick up three points after suffering a recent wobble in continental competition.
Back-to-back fixtures against Schalke saw Arsenal collect just one point, seeing them slip from the top of Group B, and it is important for them to re-establish momentum ahead of the knockout stage.
Montpellier's involvement in the 2012/13 Champions League will see them take in just two more fixtures, with a top-two finish now beyond them, but they still have the consolation prize of a spot in the Europa League to aim at.
In order to drop into that competition, the reigning French champions must pick up three points in north London and prevail on home soil against Schalke on Matchday Six.
Theo Walcott has been ruled out for Arsenal with a shoulder problem.
The England winger sustained the injury during Arsenal's 5-2 derby win over Tottenham at the weekend but was able to play on and scored the Gunners' fifth goal in injury-time at the end of the match.
Wenger revealed Walcott had not trained on Tuesday and would have a scan to determine the extent of the injury, although he believes it will only be a short-term thing.
Left-back Kieran Gibbs and Ivory Coast midfielder Gervinho are back in the squad but Andre Santos is out injured with a stomach complaint.
Montpellier's Senegal striker Souleymane Camara is suspended having received his third yellow card of the group stages in the defeat to Olympiakos.
Morocco forward Karim Ait-Fana is a long-term absentee after injuring his right knee in training last month.
- Montpellier have won just one of their last 12 matches in European competition (W1 D4 L7).
- The Gunners have only conceded 18 goals in 30 Champions League matches at the Emirates, keeping 16 clean sheets.
- Defeat against Schalke ended a run of 14 home games without defeat for Arsenal in the Champions League (W12 D2)
Previous game's starting line-ups
- 1 Szczesny
- 3 Sagna
- 4 Mertesacker
- 6 Koscielny
- 28 Gibbs
- 16 Ramsey
- 8 Arteta
- 14 Walcott
- 7 Rosicky
- 19 Cazorla
- 9 Podolski
Team taken from Arsenal vs Newcastle (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 19th May 2013
- 16 Jourdren
- 5 Bedimo
- 12 Congre
- 21 El Kaoutari
- 31 Mezague
- 13 Estrada
- 20 Cabella
- 22 Stambouli
- 8 Mounier
- 11 Herrera
- 19 Camara
Team taken from Montpellier vs Toulouse (French Ligue 1) on Sunday 26th May 2013
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Wed 21st Nov - Group C
Zenit2 - 2Malaga
Anderlecht1 - 3AC Milan
Wed 21st Nov - Group A
FC Porto3 - 0Din Zagreb
Dynamo Kiev0 - 2PSG
Wed 21st Nov - Group B
Arsenal2 - 0Montpellier
Schalke1 - 0Olympiakos
Wed 21st Nov - Group D
Ajax1 - 4B Dortmund
Man City1 - 1R Madrid
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