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Wenger wants Arsenal focus

Published: Tuesday 20 November 2012, 19.05CET
Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal FC must produce a "good performance and a resilient attitude" if they are to defeat Montpellier Hérault SC, with René Girard relishing the challenge.
by Jamie Reid
from London

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Published: Tuesday 20 November 2012, 19.05CET

Wenger wants Arsenal focus

Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal FC must produce a "good performance and a resilient attitude" if they are to defeat Montpellier Hérault SC, with René Girard relishing the challenge.

Arsène Wenger is urging Arsenal FC to "finish the job" as they look for the three points against Montpellier Hérault SC that would strengthen their claims in Group B. The Gunners came from behind to win in France on matchday one and, though his side have taken just one point from their first four games, the sheen of the UEFA Champions League is yet to wear off for visiting coach René Girard.

It's important that after the Tottenham game we have another good performance and resolute attitude. If we produce another quality level of performance we will win
Arsène Wenger
We've got nothing to lose, but against a side like Arsenal you have to make sure you get into the game. We showed at home we have the ability to cause them problems
René Girard

Arsenal
Arsène Wenger, manager
Saturday was an important win; it's a good basis to build on and go on to the next game with a stronger belief, more united, and of course more determined to play our game. What we know is what we want and we want a win because we have a good opportunity to finish the job and qualify. A win is essential because it could get us over the line.

We will take it step by step. First we want to qualify, then if we can top the group ... But let's win the game first. It's important that after the Tottenham game we have another good performance and resolute attitude. If we produce another quality level of performance we will win.

There's no risk that this team is complacent; they want to do so well that when it doesn't they suffer a bit with confidence, but not for a second would I think that the team could be complacent. They will be full of desire to do well and to win the game. I'm convinced of that.

Weekend result
Saturday: Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur FC (Mertesacker 24, Podolski 42, Giroud 45+1, Cazorla 60, Walcott 90+1; Adebayor 10, Bale 71)
Szczęsny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen; Arteta, Wilshere (Ramsey 71), Cazorla; Walcott, Giroud (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86), Podolski (Santos 80).

• Per Mertesacker's first goal for Arsenal helped them to a derby victory over Tottenham. Their former striker Emmanuel Adebayor was sent off on 18 minutes, eight minutes after making it 1-0. Wojciech Szczęsny started after two months out with an ankle injury.

Team news
Gervinho (ankle) and Kieran Gibbs (thigh) are available after coming through training on the eve of the game while Szczęsny is poised for his first UEFA Champions League appearance of the season after returning on Saturday. Łukasz Fabiański (back), André Santos (muscle strain), Theo Walcott (shoulder), Abou Diaby (thigh) and Tomáš Rosický (tendon) are all out.

Montpellier
René Girard, coach
It's a great match for us, a very important game. As I have said to the lads, in terms of the Champions League, qualification is over, but we still have slight hope of qualifying for the Europa League. Beyond that we need to prepare well for our league form and continue to build. We have some very important games coming up and must be ready.

When you have the privilege and the opportunity to come and play in the Champions League – all the lads really dreamt of this and fought all last season to get here – you have to respect the game. For me it's an absolute privilege to come to a stadium like this to play against Arsenal.

We've got nothing to lose, but against a side like Arsenal you have to make sure you get into the game. We showed at home we have the ability to cause them problems. We need to be solid as a unit, strong at the back, and stay focused throughout the game. Then we may have the chance to get the result, but we're coming up against a side that plays some of the best attacking football all over Europe.

Weekend result
Saturday: Valenciennes FC 1-1 Montpellier (Pujol 28; Charbonnier 9)
Jourdren; El Kaoutari, Yanga-Mbiwa, Congré, Bedimo; Camara, Estrada, Saihi, Mounier (Marveaux 58); Cabella, Charbonnier (Herrera 71).

• Jamel Saihi was sent off 12 minutes into the second half, but Montpellier held on for their third successive Ligue 1 draw.

Team news
Younes Belhanda (suspended), Hilton (groin), John Utaka (thigh), Benjamin Stambouli (viral infection) and Karim Aït-Fana (knee) missed the draw with Valenciennes.

Match fact
• Olivier Giroud spent two seasons with Montpellier, scoring 33 goals in 73 Ligue 1 appearances before joining Arsenal during the summer.

Last updated: 27/11/12 7.51CET

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