Wednesday’s clash between Arsenal and Lens is the first opportunity for Arsenal to seal a spot in the Champions League knockout rounds for the first time in seven years.
The Gunners will look to reverse the form with the French side who beat them in their away match 2-1 last month despite an early goal from Gabriel Jesus.
This is the only match in which Arsenal has dropped points in this season’s group stage operation.
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Arsenal v RC Lens
UEFA Champions League Group Stage
20:00 TNT Sports
(Maximum 10 matches)
OCT 2023 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Lens 2-1 Arsenal
JUL 2016 FRIENDLY Lens 1-1 Arsenal
APR 2000 EUROPA LEAGUE Lens 1-2 Arsenal
APR 2000 EUROPA LEAGUE Arsenal 1-2 Lens
NOV 1998 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Lens 1-1 Arsenal
Arteta’s side will arrive in high spirits after their 1-0 victory at Brentford on Saturday propelled them to the top of the Premier League, one point above Manchester City.
The Arsenal goalkeeper selection will be fascinating, after Ramsdale’s dramatic and drawn-out saga at Arsenal encountered a flash point against Brentford when making two palpable ‘howlers’, although none led to a goal. It looks as if the writing is on the wall for a departure in either January or the summer.
Lens will be looking to scalp any potential points to worsen the woes of Sevilla who sit 3 points behind them at the bottom of the table. These two sides will play each other in the final group B match next week and they’ll be hoping PSV get a result against Sevilla this week to provide a good cushion going into the final match.
Although 6th placed Lens are consistently showing their effectiveness against domestic French sides below them in the table, they are yet to win after 13 away European contests, and Arsenal are around 3/10 to extend that number further.
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For all that Arsenal’s goalscoring statistics are around half of what they were last season in the Premier League, the defensive errors they made previously against Lens should be put right on Wednesday and I see them securing a cosy victory to take them to 12 points. Their last four matches in the group stage saw them claim 6.81 total expected goals (xG) compared to Lens’ 4.27.
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