By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger says it was vital for his team to get off to a winning start in the Champions League.

Arsenal fell behind in Montpellier on Tuesday night but turned around their Group B opener thanks to two goals in the space of two first-half minutes from Lukas Podolski and Gervinho.

Olympiacos and Schalke both visit Emirates Stadium before Arsenal travel away in Europe again and Wenger believes his team is on the right track.

"It’s important to start well," he said. "You know how it is in the Champions League, it’s like in the championship and the formula is like in the championship.

"You want to be strong at home. But as well you need at least one win away from home. So the earlier you get it, the better it is. That gives you straight away the signal. If you do well at home now, you will go through. The first step is very important and we made that well.

"Overall I am happy. We had a very convincing first half. We dropped physically in the second half and, through our desire to not give a goal away, we got through the game.

"Montpellier were champions in France last year. They were above Paris Saint-Germain. They made 82 points last year and you could see why."



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