Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has warned his teammates of the threat Montpellier holds ahead of the “must-win” Champions League clash on Wednesday.
“It’s a must-win match for us because Arsenal have to go through to the next phase of the competition,” Giroud told reporters. “Montpellier have nothing to lose now they are already eliminated but we have to be careful as that’s when some teams are most dangerous."
The 26-year-old knows more about his upcoming opposition than most, having joined the Gunners from Montpellier in the summer, and he has emphasized the need for a victory against the Ligue 1 champion with Arsenal only a single point ahead of third-placed Olympiakos in Group B.
The French club will arrive at the Emirates with its hopes of progressing from the group stage already extinguished, but Giroud has urged caution ahead of the tie.
“They didn’t become champions of France with no talent. We must not take anything for granted when they come to the Emirates,” Giroud insisted.
The Ligue 1 outfit has seen its fortunes change radically since Giroud’s summer departure as it currently languishes in 14th place in the division it topped last term.
The club's former striker suggested that last season’s over-achievement may well have taken the club by surprise.
“I’ve spoken to some of the guys at Montpellier and they have been having a difficult season,” Giroud stated. “It was a big surprise to everyone that we were champions of France and maybe it was hard to digest.
“Last season things seemed to go our way. We were riding a wave and it seems that wave isn’t there anymore.”
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