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Arsenal Cruise into the Champions League Last 16 After Thrashing Lens 6-0

Arsenal secured their place in the Champions League knockout stage as group winners with a dominant performance against Lens at the Emirates Stadium.


Arsenal progress from Group B alongside PSV Eindhoven, with Lens out.

The Gunners netted five goals in an impressive first-half display, advancing in their first appearance at the competition in seven years.

Kai Havertz opened the scoring by converting a Gabriel Jesus flick-on after 13 minutes.

Eight minutes later, the Brazilian doubled the lead with a delightful finish, skillfully cutting onto his right foot at the edge of the box.

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In a span of six minutes, three goals were scored, with Bukayo Saka’s close-range deflection making it 3-0, followed by Gabriel Martinelli’s standout goal, a magnificent strike from the left, curving into the far bottom corner.

Martin Odegaard scored yet another goal and a late Jorginho penalty added extra shine to the scoreline, solidifying the Gunners’ top spot in Group B with a game in hand.

Arsenal are the first side in Champions League history to have five different scorers in the first half of a match.

Additionally, the Gunners’ 6-0 win is the biggest ever victory by an English team against a French opponent in European competition.

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“I didn’t even dream like this. The team, from the beginning showed a lot of aggression and determination to go for the game. Everything happened in the right way in the first 30 minutes,” Mikel Arteta said.

“That was really helpful to win the game.I’m proud of the way the team played, how we competed and grabbing the opportunity that we had today to qualify and be top of the group,” the Spaniard added.


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