Montpellier confident of keeping Giroud out

Arsenal striker, Olivier GiroudMontpellier midfielder Younes Belhanda has said that his colleague at the French side Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will look to ‘break’ Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud as he returns to his former side tonight, according to ESPN.

Giroud joined the Gunners in the summer for a fee of around £12 million from Montpellier. The French striker left the Ligue 1 champions in much better shape than they are now, as Montpellier currently lie in 16th place with just one win to their name so far this season, already eleven points off league leaders Marseille in the French league.

As for Giroud, the 25-year-old has endured a difficult start to life in the Premier League and will be hoping the Champions League will offer some respite from his current woes in front of goal. Giroud is likely to start the game on the bench after appearing as a substitute in Arsenal’s 6-1 win against Southampton at the weekend.

In the pre-match conference Montpellier full-back Yanga-Mbiwa claimed that Giroud will find it difficult returning to his old club tonight: “He is coming back here, we warned him it won’t be easy for him, he won’t score against us.”

Outspoken midfielder Younes Belhanda also had a word for his former team-mate.

“He won’t have friends on the ground, it will be fun, Mapou will ‘break’ him,” he added.