Arsenal 6-0 Lens: Player ratings as Gunners cruise into Champions League last 16

Arsenal’s Triumph in Champions League Group B

Gunners Secure Top Spot with Flawless Performance

Arsenal has clinched a spot in the Champions League knockout stages, claiming the lead in Group B after a commanding victory against Lens. This achievement marks their return to the knockout rounds for the first time since 2017.

Rampant Gunners: A Goal Feast

From the outset, Arsenal dominated the game, with Kai Havertz securing an early lead in the 13th minute.

Gabriel Jesus swiftly doubled the advantage, followed by goals from Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, putting Arsenal 4-0 ahead within the first half-hour. Martin Odegaard and Jorginho contributed further to a comprehensive 6-0 victory.

How the Game Unfolded

Before the opening goal, Havertz narrowly missed a header, but he soon found the net, courtesy of a well-placed nod from Gabriel Jesus.

Saka showcased his skill, dancing through Lens’ defense, and later scored a goal with a bit of luck after a save from Martinelli’s attempt.

A recurring theme emerged as the player involved in the previous goal often scored the next.

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Martinelli continued this pattern, receiving a diagonal ball from Takehiro Tomiyasu to make it 4-0. Lens sought a penalty, but VAR confirmed no foul, and Odegaard sealed the first-half dominance with a fifth goal.

Second Half Acceptance

With the game out of reach for Lens, the second half saw both teams accepting the inevitable outcome.

Substitutions altered the tempo, and despite missed chances, Jorginho converted a penalty awarded by VAR for a handball.

Arsenal Player Ratings (4-3-3)

– David Raya (GK): 6/10 – Handled situations well but lacked command on high free-kicks.

– Takehiro Tomiyasu (RB): 9/10 – Made decisive attacking contributions and was substituted at halftime.

– William Saliba (CB): 7/10 – Handled Lens’ attacks comfortably.

– Gabriel (CB): 7/10 – Solid defensively, demonstrated commitment with a late block.

– Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB): 6/10 – Comfortable performance for the first 45 minutes.

– Martin Odegaard (CM): 8/10 – Scored with conviction and drove the team forward.

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– Declan Rice (CM): 8/10 – Controlled the game effectively in front of the back four.

– Kai Havertz (CM): 8/10 – Threatening performance, opened the scoring.

– Bukayo Saka (RW): 9/10 – Scored and assisted, showcasing exceptional skill.

– Gabriel Jesus (ST): 9/10 – More than a goalscorer, provided an assist and found the net.

– Gabriel Martinelli (LW): 8/10 – Completed the trio of goals and assists.

Substitutes

– Ben White (SUB): 6/10 – Substituted at halftime.

– Jakub Kiwior (SUB): 6/10 – Entered the game in the second half.

– Reiss Nelson (SUB): 6/10 – Came on in the 66th minute.

– Jorginho (SUB): 6/10 – Entered the game in the 75th minute and converted a penalty.

– Eddie Nketiah (SUB): 7/10 – Substituted in the 82nd minute.

Manager

Mikel Arteta: 8/10 – Strategically set up the team for success and effectively executed the game plan.

Player of the Match

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Gabriel Jesus – A standout performance, contributing both as a provider and goalscorer.

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