Witness the complete replay and highlights of the intense showdown between Arsenal and Lens. The match kicks off at 20:00 (GMT) on the 29th of November, 2023. Keep an eye out for the distinguished referee Artur Soares Dias overseeing the action at the Emirates Stadium. Brace yourself for a thrilling battle in the Europe – UEFA Champions League, Group B, Season 2023/2024.
Arsenal vs Lens Full Match Reports
Arsenal secured a resounding qualification for the UEFA Champions League (UCL) knockout stage by dismantling RC Lens 6-0 at the Emirates Stadium, simultaneously guaranteeing their top spot in the group.
Responding to Monday Night Football scrutiny over their attacking fluidity, the hosts took it personally, unleashing an onslaught in the first half with an impressive five different goal-scorers. Kai Havertz, who already proved pivotal with a weekend winner against Brentford, opened the scoring on 13 minutes by slotting home after a Gabriel Jesus header across the box, marking himself as the 100th Arsenal player to score a competitive goal at the Emirates.
Gabriel Jesus swiftly added a second, showcasing nimble footwork before calmly finding the bottom corner from Bukayo Saka’s assist. Continuing the scoring parade, Saka kneeled in the rebound after Gabriel Martinelli tested Brice Samba with a shot. Martinelli, not to be outdone, became the fourth scorer, elegantly curling a shot into the bottom corner after a mesmerizing dribble.
Breaking the sequence, Martin Ødegaard volleyed in the fifth, both goals facilitated by Takehiro Tomiyasu. Despite Lens managing a few chances themselves, including a dangerous effort from Elye Wahi and a post-rattling shot from Facundo Medina, Arsenal dominated.
While the Gunners eased off in the second half, they still threatened with Ødegaard’s well-saved strike. Ultimately, they added a sixth, with substitute Jorginho converting a penalty after Martinelli wreaked havoc in the box.
This victory shattered Arsenal’s historical struggle against Lens, marking their first UCL win in four attempts against the opponent they had faced most often in the competition without winning. Lens, managed by Frank Haise, is now out of UCL contention but still has a chance for a UEFA Europa League spot.
Man of the Match: Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal).