Arsenal 6-0 Lens: Gunners steamroll French side with FIVE first-half goals and six different scorers as they seal top spot in Champions League group with a game to spare

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Apparently, Arsenal aren’t arsenic charismatic a watch arsenic past season. Apparently.

Much of nan communicative this week has focused connected Mikel Arteta’s evident ploy to stifle Arsenal; to repress their attacking instincts successful hunt of making them harder to beat. There was very small grounds of that edict here.

Instead, we caught glimpse of this vibrant Arsenal squad successful each its glory. Penetration, strength and flair. And - astir importantly - goals. Loads of them.


As messages go, this was emphatic arsenic they come. Arsenal are done to nan Champions League knockout stages - and they booked their transition pinch a show that will occurrence nan frighteners up nan remainder of Europe.

After a six twelvemonth hiatus from nan continent’s premier nine tournament, their transition into nan last-16 is nary mean feat.

Arsenal hit Lens 6-0 connected Wednesday nighttime to apical their Champions League group

Kai Havertz opened nan scoring for Arsenal successful nan first 13 minutes of nan crippled connected Wednesday 

Gabriel Jesus extended Arsenal's lead successful nan 21st infinitesimal of nan crippled to spot them spell 2-0 up

Arsenal's Bukayo Saka managed to find nan backmost of nan nett aft taking a fewer knocks

It shouldn’t person been taken for granted. Yet, they’ve achieved it pinch minimal fuss, pinch a crippled to spare.

We shouldn’t beryllium surprised, of course. This is simply a squad bursting pinch brilliance.

William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes are Rolls Royce cardinal defenders. Declan Rice is 1 European football’s elite cardinal midfielders. Martin Odegaard is poesy successful motion.

Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Jesus are lethal successful attack.

An eye-catching blend of power, guile and expertise - a substance that is accelerated becoming nan envy of Europe.

When nan tie for nan business extremity of this title takes spot adjacent month, you tin stake your bottommost dollar that everyone will want to debar Arteta’s juggernaut.

What could person been an uncomfortable nighttime present successful northbound London, peculiarly fixed Lens won nan reverse fixture, transpired into 1 of luxury for nan Gunners.

Any pre-match anxieties created by PSV’s triumph successful Sevilla were ruthlessly dealt pinch successful nan abstraction of an incapsulating 45 infinitesimal spell of callous attacking football. Five goals by half-time. It could person been eight.

By nan extremity of it all, you almost fell sorry for Lens. Like a rabbit caught successful nan headlights they were motionless, helplessly awaiting their fate.

Gabriel Martinelli scored different for Arsenal conscionable 4 minutes aft Saka recovered nan net

Martin Odegaard looked for illustration poesy successful mobility connected Wednesday and ended up connected nan scoresheet

The consequence successful Spain meant Arsenal needed a point. They could person eased their measurement successful this game. Perhaps Lens, fixed nan jeopardy, thought they might.

No chance. There was thing coy astir this from Arsenal. Cold-blooded. Cut throat.

MATCH FACTS:  

ARSENAL (433): Raya 6; Tomiyasu 7.5 (White 46, 6.5), Saliba 7, Gabriel 7, Zinchenko 7 (Kiwior 46, 6.5); Odegaard 7.5, Rice 7.5 (Jorginho 75), Havertz 7.5; Saka 8 (Nelson 66, 6.5), Jesus 8.5 (Nketiah 82), Martinelli 8. Subs: Ramsdale, Hein, Cedric, Trossard, Elneny, Lewis-Skelly, Nwaneri.

Arteta: 7.5

LENS (343): Samba 3; Gradit 5 (Khusanov 62, 5.5), Danso 4, Medina 5.5 (Machado 46, 5.5); Frankowski 4, Mendy 5 (Da Costa 75), Abdul Samed 5 (El Aynaoui 46, 5), Haidara 5; Sotoca 5 (Thomasson 46, 5), Wahi, Fulgini. Subs: Leca, Pandor, Aguilar, Diouf, Maouassa, Said. Booked: Khusanov, Mendy, Haidara.

Haise: 4

Referee: Artur Dias (POR) - 6.5

Lens didn’t thief themselves. Their defending was much akin to what you'd find connected adjacent Hackney Marshes connected a Sunday greeting than present astatine nan Emirates. For their goalkeeper Brice Samba - this was a nighttime that will haunt him.

But immoderate squad successful Europe would person struggled to incorporate nan relentlessness and acceleration of Arsenal’s violative assaults.

Kai Havertz, Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard were each connected nan scoresheet earlier nan break arsenic Arsenal became nan first broadside ion Champions League history to person arsenic galore arsenic 5 different scorers - excluding ain goals - successful a match.

Takehiro Tomiyasu nabbed himself a mates of assists, his searching shot retired to Martinelli to set-up Arsenal’s 4th unquestionably nan walk of nan night.

Lens had nary answer, though Facundo Medina deed nan upright towards nan extremity of nan first half, though David Raya appeared to person nan efforts covered.

This was nan first clip an English broadside has led by 5 aliases much goals successful Champions League history.

Credit to nan travelling supporters, they remained successful bully sound passim - though you’d ideate location was a consciousness of gallows wit astir their continued support.

It’s a shame their squad grounded to show arsenic overmuch gumption. As you’d expect nan 2nd half died a death, though Lens were buried measurement earlier nan restart.

Ben White and Jakub Kiwior were thrown 1 astatine half-time, while Lens he’d coach Franck Haise made each his 5 substations wrong 75 minutes.

Arsenal, who named Ethan Nwaneri, 16, and Myles Lewis-Skelly 17, arsenic substitutes had 1 much extremity successful them - Jorginho stroking location from nan spot aft VAR adjudged that Abdukodir Khussanov had handled successful nan box. Six of nan champion for Arsenal.

Jorginho scored Arsenal's last extremity successful nan 86th infinitesimal of nan crippled to headdress disconnected nan evening

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