Was troubled just once in the first half, which he handled well when rushing out to meet Charbonnier. Was virtually untroubled in the second period.
Smashed a great header against the crossbar from Wilshere's cross for Arsenal's first sight of goal and continued his forward runs with mixed outcomes. Rarely tested at the back.
Barely troubled at the back and supplied a fine out-swinging cross for Giroud to set up Wilshere’s opener after cutting inside on the right flank. A neat display.
Gave Arsenal another option with his runs from full-back, linking up well with Oxlade-Chamberlain or overlapping, and supplied a handful of dangerous crosses which Giroud failed to capitalise on. Quieter in the second half as the defence sat back.
A quiet evening for the centre-back, but not entirely his own doing. Montpellier showed little threat and the German tidied up with ease and composure.
Looks to be slowly getting back to his best after his lengthy injury layoff. Combined well with Cazorla on a handful of occasions before running onto Giroud’s clever knockdown to break the deadlock. Was amongst the action throughout. Will be delighted with his first goal in nearly two years.
Was lively on his first start since October 3 with a number of darting runs down the right. An unsung hero in the build-up of Arsenal’s second goal by dragging a number of defenders out of position for Giroud and Podolski to strike. Was withdrawn with 20 minutes remaining.
After a dazzling display in the north London derby, the Spaniard showed his more subdued side with a few wayward passes in the first half. However, he showed signs of a burgeoning partnership with Wilshere after the break as his presence grew. Was withdrawn with six minutes remaining.
The striker’s upturn in form continued against his former side. Despite little luck in front of goal himself, provided the assist for both of Arsenal’s goals, with a neat downward header for Wilshere’s before a smart lofted pass to feed Podolski for 2-0. A solid display.
Found himself isolated on the left-hand side of a front three in the first half and often found much more luck when cutting inside. Enjoyed an interesting battle with Yanga-Mbiwa, before beating the right-back for pace to volley home a stunning effort from 18 yards to extend his side’s lead. A strong display, but evidently more keen on a central role.
Was completely untroubled in the first half and could do little about either of Arsenal’s goals. Was not helped by a plodding backline.
Lost possession on the edge of his own area to gift Podolski a shooting opportunity – which he was lucky that the German did not do better with. Again lost out to the striker for Arsenal's second after being outmuscled. Otherwise, showed good positional sense.
Tried to get down the flanks to support his flailing midfield, and nearly found Charbonnier on one occasion, only to over-hit the pass and then get caught out of position at the back.
A. El Kaoutari
The final piece in a below-par display by the struggling Ligue 1 side's backline. Despite not being the worst piece in the defence by keeping Oxlade-Chamberlain fairly in check, did not scream confidence.
Often found himself all at sea amongst a poor defence, although hardly covered himself in glory throughout after time and time again finding himself stretched by Arsenal.
After a fairly assured first-half display, was over-run in midfield after the break once Cazorla started to assert himself.
Tried to spark his team into life on the right-hand side by consistently trying to find Charbonnier in the first half but often over-hit or simply misplaced his passes. Struggled similarly in the second half as Arsenal grew with confidence. Was withdrawn with 20 minutes remaining.
Went close with a speculative effort from 30 yards in the first half, but otherwise very quiet. A poor showing from the highly rated attacker.
Was reduced to long-range efforts which only proved to gift Arsenal goal kicks rather than aid his team in any way.
Could of perhaps done better with an early chance in the first half, only to be denied by Szczesny’s quick thinking. Otherwise, hustled and bustled with nothing forthcoming. Was withdrawn with 20 minutes remaining.
A very, very poor performance by the otherwise reliable forward. Failed to assert any sort of threat onto the Arsenal backline. A display to forget.