One man who knows Olivier Giroud well but will not be pleased at the striker hitting form at Arsenal is Rene Girard, the manager of Montpellier. Girard is well aware of what Giroud can do, as he helped make him the player he is. Girard is hoping that his extensive knowledge of Giroud will help him to prepare Montpellier to stop the Arsenal front man from scoring, but he doesn’t sound overly optimistic.
“Olivier worked very hard for us and we almost sculpted him into the player he is today. We made history at the club and had great times. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal could consider themselves lucky to come away from Montpellier with all three points last night after the French side launched a second hlaf onslaught on Vito Mannone’s goal, especially when Younes Belhanda, who had early scored a cool penalty, froze with the ball at his feet just two yards from the goal-line.
The Gunners may have had 57% possession (mostly in an impressive first half) but the home side had 18 attempts on goal to Arsenal’s six, and with ten shots on target had double Arsenal’s total. .......Read the full article here
Montpellier have had a terrible start to their defence of the first French title in the club’s history, losing three of the first five. This has caused mass optimism in the Arsenal ranks but we should be wary of the French champions on their home soil tonight.
Many in the football press are attributing Montpellier’s poor league form to the fact that they are concentrating on tonight’s game. Not only is it their first ever match in the champion’s league, but Arsenal are the biggest name they have ever faced. Along with the history of the Gunners is the French connection with Arsene Wenger and a host of players such as Thierry Henry, Pires, Viera, Petit et al. .......Read the full article here
Montpellier coach urges the home fan to make it difficult for the Arsenal players by AM
Despite being fully aware of the problems that this Arsenal team can cause to his side, Coach Rene Girard is hoping that the fans can help them get over it.
Montpellier, who won the French league remarkably, have struggled to get off the mark this season. They are currently lying in the bottom half of the table and will have to pull up their socks if they can dream of getting anything from the match against a high flying Arsenal team. .......Read the full article here
Montpellier may have won the French Ligue 1 last season, but they have started this one in terrible fashion after losing Olivier Giroud to Arsenal. After five games this season Montpellier have just four points and lie in 16th place in the League. The 3-1 defeat to newly-promoted Reims this weekend has destroyed whatever confidence they had remaining and they are now scared to death of facing an in-form Arsenal side.
The Montpellier midfielder Younes Belhanda, who was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal this summer, voiced his concerns when he said after the Reims match: “If we play like that against Arsenal, we’ll concede eight goals,” .......Read the full article here