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Arsenal through to Champions League last 16 after win over Montpellier

Arsenal reach the Champions League knockout phase after defeating Montpellier 2-0

Reuters, Wednesday 21 Nov 2012
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Arsenal's Jack Wilshire celebrates his goal against Montpellier with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta and Bacary Sagna during their Champions League Group B soccer match in London (Photo: Reuters)
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Jack Wilshere's first goal since returning from a long-term injury and a Lukas Podolski thunderbolt gave Arsenal a 2-0 victory over French club Montpellier on Wednesday and put them through to the last 16 of the Champions League with a game to spare.

Podolski wasted two great chances in a frustrating first half as Arsenal looked to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat by Schalke in their previous home game in the competition, but the Gunners turned on the style after the break.

Midfielder Wilshere broke the deadlock after 49 minutes with a close-range finish - his first goal for two years - and Podolski made sure of the points with a superb volley just past the hour to ease any tension at the Emirates.

Disappointing French champions Montpellier offered only a sporadic threat as their slim hopes of a consolation place in the Europa League vanished.

Arsenal moved to 10 points, one behind Group B leaders Schalke whose 1-0 defeat of Olympiakos ensured that the London club will qualify for the knockout rounds for the 10th consecutive season under manager Arsene Wenger.

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