Arsenal made a brilliant start to their Champions League campaign with a 4-0 home win over PSV with Saka and Odegaard taking centre stage in a hugely dominant performance. The home side came out the blocks and Arsenal put on a show for their first appearance back in the competition after more than five years.
A clean sheet for Arsenal was very pleasing as well as they are used to conceding in Premier League games so it’s a welcome boost for the defence that they managed to stop PSV scoring. Jesus also played a key role in the game and his experience can help Arsenal in this competition, following many years playing with Man City. Same can be said for Zinchenko, who is a truly wonderful footballer.
A slight worry for Arsenal is that they have now picked up a couple of injuries and doubts over Declan Rice, Gabriel Martinelli, Bakayo Saga and William Saliba will cause them some concern as they make the trip to France, before welcoming Man City for a huge Premier League clash on the weekend.
Lens won their first game last week with a 2-1 home win over Toulouse. This was a welcome boost after defeats against Metz, Monaco and PSG.
In the Champions League, Lens opened with a 1-1 away draw at Sevilla and after conceding an early goal, Lens equalised through Fulgini after 24 minutes, but neither team could find a winner. It was a pretty even match with both teams having eleven shots on goal, but only one of them counted for both sides.
Fulgini, Sotoca and Wahl are the key attacking players for Lens who are blessed with fantastic players who can cause Arsenal problems. Lens will have a passionate crowd behind them as they begin to find some form after a very slow start to the new season.
Expect an entertaining Champions League game as Arsenal look to cement their position at the top of the group with a big away performance. They hope to have some more players back from injury, but with Nelson and Smith Rowe ready to take their chances, Arsenal have strength in depth to secure a big away win here in France.
|Lens to win||9/2 William Hill|
|Arsenal to win||4/7 Bet365|
|Arsenal to win and both teams to score||23/10 Betfair|
Expect an open game on Tuesday night in Lens as the home side look to get their season up and running and there is no better way than to defeat one of the best sides in England.
Arsenal will look to play their free flowing football and with Nketiah, Jesus, Smith Rowe and Nelson all linking up well in the Carabao Cup last week. They can once again be on fine form in this one.
With Arsenal still suspect to conceding, our punters.pub bet of the day is Arsenal to win and both teams to score with Betfair at 23/10.