“I’ve played against Mbappe and Neymar before but this Arsenal star is the toughest I’ve played against. He doesn’t even allow me to breath even for a second”- RC Lens Defender Kevin Danso praises Arsenal’s superstar’s performance and gives his honest verdict on Arsenal’s chances of winning the Champions League this season after 6-0 trashing
In an electrifying display of prowess, Arsenal, led by their indefatigable defender Kevin Danso, left Lens reeling in a 6-0 defeat, prompting Danso to acknowledge Arsenal’s emergence as formidable contenders for the coveted Champions League title. Despite adopting a somewhat restrained approach earlier in the season, Mikel Arteta’s squad unleashed an unstoppable offensive last night, securing their passage to the knockout stages as group winners.
The initial 45 minutes witnessed a merciless onslaught by Arsenal, with five goals ruthlessly dismantling Lens and setting the stage for redemption after a prior defeat in the competition. Jorginho’s late penalty added the finishing touch to what stands as Arsenal’s most significant triumph of the season thus far. Danso, reflecting on the match, conceded, “Arsenal was just the better team. They’re one of the best teams in the world at the moment, and we saw that today.”
Impressed by the speed and tenacity displayed by the Gunners, Danso highlighted the significance of their performance, emphasizing the potential for Arsenal to make a lasting impact in a tournament they had been absent from for six years. The Austrian international acknowledged the team’s superiority and recognized the pivotal role of three quick successive goals in breaking the opponent’s resilience.
“I don’t think we turned up as much as we could’ve,” admitted Danso, further underscoring Arsenal’s dominance on the pitch. With a nod to the caliber of teams in the competition, he acknowledged Arsenal’s potential to clinch victory, asserting, “There’s a lot of good teams in this competition. You have to take it game by game and day by day.”
Arteta, basking in the glow of a resounding victory, expressed delight in his team’s ability to showcase the aesthetically pleasing facets of their football. Following a hard-fought win against Brentford in the previous weekend, Arteta praised his players for finding the net, with all five of his frontmen contributing to the scoresheet.
“I didn’t even dream like this, but we had the chance to qualify today and become top of the group, and we’ve done it in a really convincing way against a really good side,” said the Arsenal manager. He lauded the team’s aggression and determination, particularly in the first 30 minutes, as instrumental in securing the win.
Highlighting Arsenal’s consistent ability to keep clean sheets at home and score prolifically, Arteta emphasized the positive factor of the players gaining valuable experiences. Looking ahead, he acknowledged the need to maintain focus, stating, “Those players need to have those experiences and believe that we can do it against big opponents. Now let’s wait, we have to park it, and in February, we will know who we are facing, and let’s see how we are in that moment.”