Preview: Arsenal vs. Montpellier HSC

Preview: Arsenal vs. Montpellier HSC
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Sports Mole previews Arsenal's clash with Montpellier HSC in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Arsenal welcome Montpellier HSC to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday looking for a victory that could see them qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The French side have endured a miserable debut in Europe's elite club competition, picking up just one point from four games.

Meanwhile, the Gunners are second in Group B, one point behind Schalke 04 and one point ahead of Olympiakos, who meet each other in Germany.

If both Arsenal and Schalke win, then they will book their place in the last 16 with a game to spare.

Arsene Wenger is unlikely to make any major alterations to the team that beat Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, meaning that Olivier Giroud is likely to line up against his former team once again.

Arsenal triumphed last time these sides met in September.

Recent form

Arsenal: WLDDW

Montpellier: WDLDD

Possible starting lineups:

Arsenal: Mannone; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen; Arteta, Cazorla, Wilshere, Walcott, Podolski; Giroud

Montpellier: Jourdren; Bocaly, Hilton, Bedimo, Congre; Mounier, Belhanda, Cabella, Saihi; Utaka, Camara

Sports Mole says: 4-0

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