Arsenal's Emirates Stadium Date: 29th November 2023 at 6:25pm
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The Gunners take on RC Lens at the Emirates Stadium this evening in the UEFA Champions League, with a kick-off time of 20:00. Tonight’s referee is Artur Dias, and the match is live on TNT Sports 2 and TNT Sports Ultimate.

Tonight’s visitors RC Lens currently sit 6th in Ligue 1 with 19 points, having won 5, drawn 4 and lost 4, conceding 13 and scoring 16, while Arsenal sit top of the Premier League with 30 points (9 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat), having scored 27 and conceded 10. Arsenal also sit top of the Champions League group after 3 wins and 1 defeat, while RC Lens are second with 1 win, 2 draws and a defeat.

Both sets of teams will be published live below, so refresh the page at 19:00 to view both line-ups and benches.

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

Substitutes: 1. Ramsdale (GK), 31. Hein (GK), 4. White, 17. Cedric, 15. Kiwior, 20. Jorginho, 25. Elneny, 24. Nelson, 59. Lewis-Skelly, 63. Nwaneri, 19. Trossard, 14. Nketiah.

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

Substitutes: 16. Leca (GK), 40. Pandor (GK), 2. Aguilar, 3. Machado, 10. David Pereira da Costa, 18. Diouf, 20. Maouassa, 22. Saïd, 23. El Aynaoui, 25. Khusanov, 28. Thomasson.

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).

Pre-match views from the forum:

Tom Mix: “The proper tie to watch is always Arsenal when Arsenal are playing.

Although I can’t see Arteta play the B team (I would) if we win this game and the group he will be able to rest key players in advance of the Brighton and Liverpool games. So this needs to be won – a draw might win us the group but can’t risk it.

Lens will be confident of beating Sevilla at home so this is a free hit for them. They are having a decent season but have lost four games, mostly away, so I expect us to win and do the biz.

In terms of personnel Vieira should start to keep him match-fit during his suspension. We can’t get away from starting Rice here. I think I’d start Trossard up front and bring Jesus on in the second half. I’d start Tomiyasu on the left and leave Zinchenko fresh to start against Wolves. Might be tempted to give Kiwior a start too and leave Gabriel for Saturday.

If Smith Rowe is back he should get 15/20 minutes. Nelson also needs 20/30 minutes, he’s going backwards from not playing. Jorginho or Elneny for Rice if the game is won early.”

Sebastes: “We had a quite decent international break in terms of playing time so shouldn’t be an issue to field a very strong team here as well as vs Wolves. Would start the same team as against Brentford with White in for Zinny if the former is fit.”

Yousif Arsenal: “Hopefully a win here so we secure 1st place and rotate against PSV in last matchday.

Think Havertz for Trossard will be the only change from the Brentford game.”

 

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