Everyone concerned with Arsenal will be on a high today after demolishing Tottenham in the North London derby. We certainly needed the boost, and the Gunners could have another big reason to celebrate on Wednesday night. A win against Montpellier at the Emirates stadium could ensure that Arsenal progress to the next round of the Champions League.
The group is very close, with Schalke on eight points, Arsenal on seven and Olympiakos on six. Arsenal would obviously prefer to win the group, but we may have lost that chance. If Schalke beat Olympiakos at home on Wednesday and Montpellier away on the final day, then they will top the group. However, if they do beat the Greek champions this week and we beat the French champions, then Olympiakos will not be able to catch us on the last day. That would mean that Wenger could rest some players for the last game in Athens.
If Olympiakos can win or draw in Germany, it opens up the top of the table again, but it also puts second place up for grabs, and Arsenal would travel to Athens on the last day in need of a result. Maybe I am taking too much for granted, expecting us to beat Montpellier at home on Wednesday, but the French side are struggling this year.
Montpellier must be really missing the talents of Olivier Giroud (understandably) as they are currently 13th in the French Ligue 1. As well as a lack of firepower, Montpellier have not kept one clean sheet all season. If Arsenal carry any of the confidence from the derby victory into Wednesday night, then we should have no problems taking all three points.
Let’s do it!