Montpellier midfielder Younes Belhanda said he fears that Arsenal could put eight past them when the Gunners travel to France for Tuesday’s Champions League opener, according to ESPN.
The French champions have suffered a torrid start to the campaign accumulating only four points in their opening five games in Ligue 1 this season. By contrast, Arsenal have made an impressive start to the Premier League season lying third in the table.
Montpellier’s 3-1 defeat at newly-promoted Reims on Friday highlights the difference in form between the two sides going into Tuesday’s clash, as by contrast Arsenal dismissed Premier League newcomers Southampton 6-1 on Saturday.
Belhanda admits he is sceptical about his team’s chances on Tuesday, “If we play like this we’re going to concede eight. We have to show as quickly as possible that we are men, because we looked like kids on the pitch. We’re not dangerous, not sharp enough.”
Montpellier coach Rene Girard said that he doesn’t recognise the team that won the French league last season, “We should be ashamed of ourselves. For the first time, I am asking a lot of questions of myself. They [the players] have forgotten some values.”