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Before and after every first-team fixture, our MatchDay Show guest and an Arsenal blogger will have their say on the game.

Arsenal took on Montpellier in the Champions League on Tuesday and our Talking Heads for this game were former Gunner Martin Hayes and James McNicholas of Gunnerblog.

Read on for their verdict on the game and revisit what they had to say before the match.

Arsenal TV Online commentator - Martin Hayes

It was a very, very good first half. We looked very confident and composed, and I like how well we knocked the ball around. We looked very solid too. I was surprised we went a goal down but it was a careless tackle from Thomas Vermaelen, a player who normally makes good decisions. At half time you couldn't see any problems - but the second half was poor. We didn't play, we seemed to sit back and Montpellier started to show the sort of form that won them the league last season. Luckily they didn't have much threat in front of goal. I hope we can learn to shut games down but it didn't look like we tried to do that. They had at least two very good chances they perhaps shouldn't have had. But it's a good start and that is always pleasing.

It is tough to predict what kind of game we will see tonight because at this stage of the season sides are still trying to find their feet at home and abroad. I expect Montpellier to try and play and they will want to get something on the board being at home. Arsenal will not want to start their campaign with a defeat. I expect it to be a tight game but Montpellier will know that Arsenal always play and come at you. It has been a good start to the season from Arsenal and in the last couple of games they have been able to get their passing game going. Saturday's performance against Southampton was very nice to see and I think the side is building again slowly. There are a few new faces and they have managed to settle in quite nicely. I think we will go there and win 1-0 tonight.

Blog - Gunnerblog

This was probably our nerviest performance of the season, but to emerge from any Champions League game away from home is a creditable result. There were signs of us being a little impetuous early on - Abou Diaby was booked after just 21 seconds - and that trend continued when Thomas Vermaelen lunged in a little early to concede the penalty. Our response, however, was fantastic and it was great to see Lukas Podolski and Gervinho among the goals again - the German looks increasingly lethal in front of goal. In the second half we tired and Montpellier ramped up the pressure, but I thought the likes of Vito Mannone, Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta did well and helped us keep them at bay. Now the boys will hopefully get some rest before a huge test on Sunday.

Arsenal travel to Montpellier without the injured Wojciech Szczesny, but I do not expect the introduction of Vito Mannone to be the only change to the line-up. The likes of Andre Santos, Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud will all hope to be afforded a start as Arsène rotates his line-up ahead of Sunday's clash with Man City. Should Giroud get the nod, the spotlight will once again be on Arsenal's Frenchman. It seems absurd that he's under pressure to score so early in his Arsenal career, until one hears him interviewed: the pressure clearly comes as much from his own expectations as from external sources. This would be a perfect night for him to break his Arsenal duck. As for Montpellier, their poor start to the domestic season should not cloud the fact that, bar Giroud, this is the team that beat PSG to the French title. The greatest danger to Arsenal is that they take their opposition lightly. However, if we have the same degree of focus we showed at Liverpool and Southampton, then victory is within our grasp.

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19 Sep 2012