Bould praises Arsenal spirit in Champions League win

Steve Bould has hailed the spirit in the Arsenal camp after watching over the Gunners’ come from behind victory against Montpellier in the Champions League, the BBC has reported.

Arsenal trailed inside 10 minutes to a Younes Belhanda penalty, given away by captain Thomas Vermaelen on the edge of the area. Belhanda converted the spot kick Panenka-style, chipping the ball past goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

Two goals in three minutes however turned the tie on its head. First, Lukas Podolski netted his third goal of the season, slotting past the Montpellier goalkeeper from 12 yards, then Gervinho prodded a second shortly after following good work on the right wing by full-back Carl Jenkinson.

Montpellier hit the crossbar after half-time and had a late penalty claim rejected by the referee, but Arsenal held on to their slender advantage to get their 15th consecutive Champions League campaign off to a winning start.

Bould, the Arsenal assistant manager standing in for the banned Arsene Wenger, said: “We’ve got great team spirit. I think that was evident tonight. Everybody is digging in and things are looking OK.

We have had a decent start to the season and we have kept the run going, so it’s important all round, for the whole season.

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