Montpellier vs. Arsenal: 6 Key Battles to Watch in Champions League Clash

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Montpellier vs. Arsenal: 6 Key Battles to Watch in Champions League Clash
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The Champions League 2012-'13 is finally about to begin and Arsenal travel to the Stade de la Mosson in Southern France to take on French champions Montpellier for Matchday 1.

Arsene Wenger has moved on since Robin van Persie left the club for pastures new in the summer and is ready to launch a new assault on the one trophy that has eluded him so far. During the close-season Le Prof captured three of the most exciting attacking talents in Europe as he completely re-designed the Gunners' prolific attack.

Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and ex-Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud have come in to spearhead a strike-force that can and will take the game to any team in Europe and they will be looking to make their mark in Matchday 1.

Montpellier, last season's surprise Ligue 1 champions, are perhaps more famous for their eccentric owner, Louis Nicollin, than their football, but they will be hoping to showcase their talents in their debut season in Europe's premier club competition.

First up to the Stade de la Mosson will be Arsenal where Rene Girard, Montpellier's manager, will be looking to put one over on the man who has arguably influenced English and French football more than any other, Arsene Wenger.

Here we look at six key battles for Montpellier vs. Arsenal in Champions League Matchday 1.

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