Arsenal's Emirates Stadium Date: 29th November 2023 at 10:03pm
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The Gunners secured the top spot in Group B with a comfortable 6-0 win at home versus RC Lens in front of a crowd of 59,987. Six goals and six different goalscorers: Kai Havertz (13′), Gabriel Jesus (21′), Bukayo Saka (24′), Gabriel Martinelli (28′), Martin Odegaard (45+2′) and Jorginho (86′ PEN).

Arsenal XI: 22. Raya, 18. Tomiyasu (46′), 2. Saliba, 6. Gabriel, 35. Zinchenko (46′), 41. Rice (75′), 29. Havertz, 8. Odegaard (c), 7. Saka (66′), 11. Martinelli, 9. Jesus (82′).

Substitutes: 1. Ramsdale (GK), 31. Hein (GK), 4. White (on for Tomiyasu 46′), 17. Cedric, 15. Kiwior (on for Zinchenko 46′), 20. Jorginho (on for Rice 75′), 25. Elneny, 24. Nelson (on for Saka 66′), 59. Lewis-Skelly, 63. Nwaneri, 19. Trossard, 14. Nketiah (on for Jesus 82′).

Goals: Havertz (13′), Jesus (21′), Saka (24′), Martinelli (28′), Odegaard (45+2′), Jorginho (86′ PEN).

Shots: 14 On Target: 8

Possession: 48% — Corners: 4

Fouls: 14 — Yellow Cards: — Red Cards: 0

RC Lens XI: 30. Samba (c), 24. Gradit (62′), 4. Danso, 14. Medina (46′), 29. Frankowski, 26. Mendy (76′), 6. Abdul Samed (46′), 21. Haïdara, 7. Sotoca (46′), 11. Fulgini, 9. Wahi.

Substitutes: 16. Leca (GK), 40. Pandor (GK), 2. Aguilar, 3. Machado (on for Medina 46′), 10. David Pereira da Costa (on for Mendy 76′), 18. Diouf, 20. Maouassa, 22. Saïd, 23. El Aynaoui (on for Samed 46′), 25. Khusanov (on for Gradit 62′), 28. Thomasson (on for Sotca 46′).

Goals: N/A

Shots: 7 On Target: 3

Possession: 52% — Corners: 0

Fouls: 11 — Yellow Cards: 3 (Mendy 41′, Khusanov 63′, Haidara 64′)  — Red Cards: 0

Referee: Artur Dias (Portugal).
Assistant Referee: Paulo Soares (Portugal).
Assistant Referee: Pedro Ribeiro (Portugal).
Fourth Official: Miguel Nogueira (Portugal).
Video Assistant Referee: Tiago Martins (Portugal).
Additional Video Assistant Referee: Hugo Miguel (Portugal).
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (Greece).
UEFA Delegate: Michael Kirchner (Germany).

Post-match views from the forum:

Taylor Gang Gunners: “Excellent performance from top to bottom. Top spot secured. Can play a weakened team MW6 and not bat an eyelid.

+12 goal difference in CL group stages is crazy.”

Blood on the Tracks: “That is one of the most complete Arsenal performances I’ve seen in many years. Phenomenal stuff.

Every player was very good or above. Couldn’t even name a man of the match.

Stand out moment for me was Gabriel, 6-0 up and in injury time and he celebrates his block like he’s just scored a match-winner. Protecting the clean sheet, I love it!

Unreal mentality from these boys.”

RandomHero84: “It got so damn cold in the stadium today that I was pleased for such an enjoyable game. Very encouraging that all of our favoured attack was available, and it resulted in so many goals.

I don’t know how Lens got so many flares into the ground past the security. They give a pretty in-depth pat-down on the way in that I can barely get my car keys in.”

 

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