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Published on Nov 22, 2012
 

Wilshere fires Arsenal into Champions League's last 16

 
 

LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere fired the Gunners into the last 16 of the Champions League as his first goal for two years inspired a 2-0 win over Montpellier on Wednesday.

Wilshere had gone 725 days without a goal, since he netted against Aston Villa in November 2010, after being sidelined for 14 months with foot and knee injuries.

But the England international finally got back on the scoresheet with a cool finish early in the second half against the French champions and Lukas Podolski's stunning volley soon after sealed a vital victory at the Emirates Stadium.

With Schalke beating third placed Olympiakos in the night's other Group B fixture, Wilshere and Podolski's heroics put Arsenal into the knockout stages of Europe's elite club competition for the 13th successive season.