Gunners off to winning start

Gervinho, pictured, and Lukas Podolski were on target as Arsenal beat Montpellier

Gervinho, pictured, and Lukas Podolski were on target as Arsenal beat Montpellier

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Arsenal got their Champions League campaign off to a winning start after coming from behind to beat Montpellier 2-1 in France.

Manager Arsene Wenger, serving the first of his three-game touchline UEFA ban, would have been fuming from the stands when captain Thomas Vermaelen gave away an early penalty, although replays suggested the foul was probably just outside the box.

However, the Barclays Premier League club - coached by assistant boss Steve Bould from the sidelines for the first time - responded magnificently and were soon level through a fine finish by German Lukas Podolski. Before the French side, making their Champions League debut following last season's brilliant Ligue 1 campaign, could recover, Arsenal swept ahead on 18 minutes through Gervinho.

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