Are Arsenal taking Montpellier too lightly?

By Avenell Dave

There's a theme evolving here.

I get scared, based on previous experience, of Arsenal taking teams too lightly.

We have a relatively straighforward Champions League Group on paper but starting with an away match against Montpellier, last season's surprise French Champions, may not be the walkover we want it to be.

I don't share Graham McNorthbank's concerns about Vito Mannone, who in my mind looked pretty assured in two tricky away games.

But with rumours of players being rested and a trip to champions Citeh coming up, it's vital that we get a good start and keep the positive momentum going.

Much has been made of the renewed focus on our defence and that has to be a bonus, but one away victory and three home wins ensures we go through so this is a hige game to put us on our way.

What I know about Montpellier can be written on a postage stamp, but the fact that they've lost their best defender, Emir Spahic who we were interested in at one stage, and of course their striker, our very own Olivier Giroud.

How fitting it would be if the man who fired them to the title last season breaks his Arsenal duck at his former home.

It's so difficult getting a balance between resting players to keep them fresh and not taking a game seriously enough.

You look at who M*nure left out in their 4-0 demolition of of Wigan and it shows it can be done (and the players who played were not exactly world beaters).

If we toil, Wenger will come in for criticism for not taking the game seriously, but the fact that he is banned from the first three games due to outrageous Draconian UEFA rules doesn't exactly help.

I suspect Theo Walcott will come into the side in place of the Ox and I certainly wouldn't risk Abou Diaby after the knock he took on international duty. He is far more important for the Citeh game and we really have to wrap him in cotton wool.

I can see Laurent Koscielny coming in as well to give him a run-out, possibly at the BFG's expense, but I do hope there aren't too many other changes.

Let's have a nice comfortable win with no injuries, no controversy. But this is Arsenal, right? We don;t always make it easy for ourselves.

Addict XI


Jenkinson Koscielny Vermaelen Santos

Arteta Ramsey Cazorla

Walcott Giroud Gervinho

Who would you chose to face Montpellier on Tuesday night?