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This Wednesday evening, Arsenal crushed Lens (5-0). Mission impossible now.
58′ – We fall asleep at the Emirates
Arsenal deprives Lens of the ball, while the Sang et Or do not seem motivated to win the match. The blocks come back down and play the cautious card. No big opportunity in this second half.
52′ – Lower pace
Unsurprisingly, few opportunities on this recovery. Arsenal manages quietly. Lens seems to have given up. Elye Wahi attempts breakthroughs without success. He was flagged offside.
46′ – Double change for Arsenal
Releases of Tomiyasu, Zinchenko
Kiwior Starters, White
46′ – Triple change for Lens
Outings from Sotoca, Abdul Samed, Medina
Entries from El Aynaoui, Thomon, Machado
45′ – The game resumes
It’s back to London!
MT – Arsenal humiliates Lens
It is simply a humiliation. The Gunners play against the helpless Sang et Or. Five goals in one period which signify the death warrant for Lensois, very close to being officially eliminated. If Arsenal are superior, Lens offers the stick to get beaten.
45’+1 – GOAL FROM ODEGAARD!
New counter phase, new lethal effectiveness. The Gunners mistreat the Sang et Or in transition. The ball circulates very well, cleanly and quickly, with one touch. Tomiyasu crosses perfectly to find Odegaard’s volley.
45′ – Two more minutes
Additional time: 2 minutes
44′ – New opportunity for Martinelli
Arsenal redeployed forward before the break. Gabriel Martinelli is served on the right side of the Lens surface and attempts an off-balance shot which ends in the small net of Samba. Lens can breathe, no 5th English goal.
42′ – Yellow card for Mendy
Logical warning for Nampalys Mendy after this fault.
40′ – MEDINA POST
What a powerful shot from Medina which crashes into Raya’s post. It was a good attempt 30 meters from the cages but unfortunately for the Lensois, the danger was repelled by an upright. The Haise players are slightly lifting their heads above water.
38′ – Lens tries to breathe
The Sang et Or try to react by giving themselves some breathing space from set pieces but the defense and Raya keep a watchful eye to repel the danger.
35′ – Lens asks for a hand
On an off-center free kick centered by Fulgini, Lens calls for a hand from Havertz after Sotoca’s header. Despite the VAR, the referee does not flinch. No penalty.
32′ – Gabriel Jesus is having fun
The Brazilian continues and makes fun of the Lensois players too easily. Every breakthrough by Gabriel Jesus is dangerous.
30′ – Saka remains on the ground
Haidara’s crutch on Saka seems to have been a bit too strong. The Englishman stays on the ground and the Lensois take the ball out.
27′ – MARTINELLI’S GOAL
It is a real ordeal that the people of Lens are experiencing. In a new counter phase, won by intense pressing, Gabriel Martinelli easily played Frankowski and curled a shot into the small Samba net. 4-0 for the Gunners who humiliate the Sang et Or in 30 minutes.
25′ – Arsenal want to score again
The Gunners have not said their last word. The offensive curtain installs a high, very high pressure to steal the ball from the feet of the Lens midfielders and prevent the Lens defenders from restarting cleanly. Arteta’s players want the fourth goal.
23′ – SAKA GOAL
Lens is completely drowning. In a counter phase, the Gunners combine again very quickly and Saka takes advantage of the pivity of the defense to place a curling shot to definitively take cover, after a poorly diverted first strike from Martinelli. Arsenal’s pressing is very intense and hurts the Sang et Or.
21′ – GOAL BY GABRIEL JESUS
It was predictable and it is now confirmed: Arsenal doubled down on a collective action during which Arteta’s players were able to combine too easily and penetrate into the Lens area. The Brazilian striker, Gabriel Jesus, took advantage of the spaces to place a flat foot and double the lead.
19′ – Lensoise’s sterile offensive production
Haise’s players have still not touched a single ball in the British box. The collective is completely blocked. And the Gunners take advantage of this to play their game and seek to double the bet.
16′ – Lens provisionally eliminated
With this double goal in PSV’s victory against Sevilla, Lens is for the moment eliminated from the race for the round of 16 of the Champions League.
15′ – KAI HAVERTZ’S GOAL VALID!
No illegal position. The goal is validated for Arsenal.
14′ – VAR is called
The match referee is called by the VAR truck for a possible offside position.
13′ – GOAL BY KAI HAVERTZ!
Opening the score of the German who recovers a ball in front of Samba after a deflection of the head of Gabriel Jesus. Logical goal from the Gunners who chained offensive opportunities.
10′ – Arsenal pushes again
Arteta’s players continue attacks in the Lens area. For the moment, the attackers are not on target but the superiority is clear in this start, like this missed header from Havertz on this cross from Tomiyasu.
8′ – A statistic in favor of Lensois
Arsenal have met Lens three times in the Champions League and have a record of one draw and two defeats. This is one of the Gunners’ historical pet peeves.
6′ – The Lensois run a lot
The Sang et Or are deprived of the ball in this start. The Gunners are determined to play the game at the start of the match.
3′ – A barren start
Not much to say about the early sequences on either side. Some technical errors like this failed check by Saka. Arsenal have possession.
1′ – Kick-off
Here we go at the Emirates!
The start of the match is imminent
The 22 actors entered the pitch at the Emirates Stadium. The Champions League anthem rings out through the aisles. The match will begin in the next few seconds.
The different scenarios for Lens
After PSV’s victory against Sevilla FC, RC Lens will be eliminated from the Champions League this Wednesday evening if they lose against Arsenal. The Sang et Or are nevertheless guaranteed to be European, in the Champions League or Europa League, if they obtain a victory or a draw against the Gunners.
Composition of RC Lens
Composition of the Arsenal
The meeting takes place on the lawn of the stadiumEmirates Stadiumhas Londonin England
The kick-off is scheduled for 9:00 p.m..
The match is refereed by Porrtugais Arthur Soares Dias
Welcome to live Arsenal – Lens
Good evening and welcome to Le Figaro Sport to follow live commentary of the RC Lens – Arsenal meeting, as part of the 5th day of Group B of the Champions League.