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September 18, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Stade de la Mosson — Montpellier
Referee:‬ Carlos Velasco‎
Attendance:‬ 27522‎
 
9′ (PG) Younes Belhanda
 
Gervinho 18′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Montpellier 1-2 Arsenal

Arsene Wenger watches from the stands as Lukas Podolski and Gervinho give rapid first half reply to chipped Younes Belhanda penalty before hosts dominate proceedings thereafter

By Josh Clarke

  • Geoffrey Jourdren
    9
    11
    3.00

    Geoffrey Jourdren

    Was offered little by way of protection for both Arsenal's goals but otherwise dealt well with the minimal danger that was thrown his way.

  • Garry Bocaly
    8
    9
    3.00

    Garry Bocaly

    Was rarely caught out defensively despite an eagerness to get forward to chase a second half equaliser.

  • H. Bedimo
    7
    11
    3.50

    H. Bedimo

    Patient approach added a lot to Montpellier's sustained pressure in the second half as he encouraged steady forward movement when in possession of the ball.

  • Vitorino Hilton da Silva
    5
    13
    3.00

    Vitorino Hilton da Silva

    Was let down by a dodgy two-minute defensive nightmare as Arsenal clawed themselves in front but otherwise gave Arsenal's forwards very little to work off.

  • Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
    18
    10
    3.50

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

    Looked as if he was comfortable and familiar with all Giroud had to offer in display that saw him look comfortable from start to finish.

  • Jamel Saihi
    3
    15
    2.50

    Jamel Saihi

    Technically astute with his varied passing, though found it difficult to stamp his authority on the match.

  • M. Estrada
    3
    15
    2.50

    M. Estrada

    Unfortunate to see a great effort turned round the post by Mannone late on in the first half. Looked a lot more of a problem for the Gunners to contend with when he cut in from the right rather than go round the outside.

  • Rémy Cabella
    23
    9
    3.50

    Rémy Cabella

    Danced around regularly to win cute free kicks but missed a prime opportunity to make it 2-2 after dispossessing Diaby, thrashing wastefully high and wide. Was desperately unlucky to see his delightful dinked effort hit the bar as his team pushed for an equaliser.

  • Younes Belhanda
    27
    11
    3.50

    Younes Belhanda

    Won the early penalty then converted with the coolest of chips down the middle. Looked a constant wildcard for his side, getting into great positions though let down by his finishing, including firing at Mannone when the goal gaped from six yards out.

  • Anthony Mounier
    4
    12
    2.50

    Anthony Mounier

    Constantly sought to get in behind Jenkinson though found opportunities hard to come by. Looked a danger as the game drew on though faded in influence before being replaced for the last half hour or so.

  • Souleymane Camara
    4
    16
    2.50

    Souleymane Camara

    Regularly worked himself into threatening positions but too often the final ball never came in.

Substitutions

  • Benjamin Stambouli
    2
    12
    2.50

    Benjamin Stambouli

    Helped push his team forward as they looked for the equaliser but was unable to affect the game too much after coming on for the last 15 minutes or so.

  • Emanuel Herrera
    6
    19
    2.50

    Emanuel Herrera Flop of the Match

    Was willing to put himself about though offered his side little other than a battering ram as they sought to break Arsenal down.

  • Karim Ait Fana
    5
    11
    3.00

    Karim Ait Fana

    Put in a decent shift of running though was unable to get himself into areas where he could hurt the opposition.

  • Vito Mannone
    114
    8
    4.00

    Vito Mannone

    Was made to look slightly foolish by Belhanda's chipped penalty but otherwise gave a great impression of himself. Commanded his box with confidence while also making a couple of saves that helped preserve the Gunners' lead.

  • Carl Jenkinson
    95
    11
    3.00

    Carl Jenkinson

    Still liable to give the ball away needlessly but his penetrating advances down the right were a potent part of his side's attacking threat. Supplied a ball that Gervinho couldn't fail to put away to give the visitors the lead.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    89
    5
    3.50

    Kieran Gibbs

    Was unable to influence the game in the manner he consistently has so far in the Premier League but otherwise was a vital part of his side's constant second-half defensive effort.

  • Per Mertesacker
    95
    8
    3.00

    Per Mertesacker

    Was calm and controlling throughout the win and kept a lid on the opposition's attack as Montpellier put the visitors under pressure in the second half.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    88
    7
    3.50

    Thomas Vermaelen

    Clumsily gave away the early penalty that put Montpellier 1-0 up but warmed to the challenge after that, with there being few moments the Belgian really looked threatened.

  • A. Diaby
    72
    25
    3.00

    A. Diaby

    Dominated physically from the off but gave ball away too often, including a moment of madness in his own area at the beginning of the second half. Looked a little ragged as the game reached its latter stages.

  • Mikel Arteta
    83
    6
    3.00

    Mikel Arteta

    Quickly settled into the game after an uncharacteristically shaky start but found himself overrun as the game developed.

  • Santi Cazorla
    106
    4
    3.50

    Santi Cazorla

    Used the ball as intelligently as Gunners fans have come to expect from deep but found that his influence in the final third was wanting.

  • Lukas Podolski
    154
    6
    4.00

    Lukas Podolski Top of the Match

    Finished clinically to end a flowing Arsenal counterattack to draw equal, with his constant desire to burst forward an important part of his side's attacking promise. Found himself confined to a more limited role in the second half.

  • Gervinho
    120
    9
    3.50

    Gervinho

    Provided the opposition with a headache throughout the first half where he was lively on the ball and difficult to handle when cutting in off the wing. Started off and finished the move that gave the Gunners the lead before dramatically waning in influence towards the end

  • Olivier Giroud
    96
    20
    3.00

    Olivier Giroud

    Provided more graft than style in the return to his old club, working hard to lead the line for his new club. A great pass to put Podolski through on goal for the equaliser.

Substitutions

  • Aaron Ramsey
    67
    11
    2.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    Replaced Giroud halfway through the second half, with his introduction signalling the end of Arsenal's attempts to increase their lead.

  • Francis Coquelin
    62
    7
    2.50

    Francis Coquelin

    Brought on for the last five minutes as Arsenal looked to run down the clock.

  • Theo Walcott
    56
    16
    2.50

    Theo Walcott

    A late substitution in order to kill any momentum Montpellier had towards the end of the game.

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