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Arsenal face off with RC Lens in Wednesday’s Champions League clash.
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Arsenal will be looking for a repeat result of the 0-1 Premier League victory against Brentford.
In that match, Arsenal managed 64% possession and 15 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Arsenal was Kai Havertz (89'). For their opponents, Brentford got 9 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target.
In their prior 6 games, Mikel Arteta's Arsenal have scored a combined total of 13 times which gives them an average number of goals scored per match of 2.17.
RC Lens head into the game after a 0-3 Ligue 1 win to beat Clermont Foot in their previous match.
In that game, RC Lens had 52% possession and 16 shots on goal with 10 of them on target. For RC Lens, the goals were scored by Elye Wahi (11'), Adrien Thomasson (50') and Wesley Saïd (82'). Clermont Foot got 13 attempts on goal with 4 on target.
A series of resolute performances by the RC Lens defenders has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded amounting to 2 from their previous 6 outings overall. Over that same time, their forwards have scored 9. That kind of pattern might not be carried forward into this match, however.
Head to head
The previous league encounter featuring the two was Champions League match day 2 on 03/10/2023 which ended up with the score at RC Lens 2-1 Arsenal.
That time, RC Lens had 33% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 3 on target. The goalscorers were Adrien Thomasson (25') and Elye Wahi (69').
On the other side, Arsenal had 8 shots on goal with 6 on target. Gabriel Jesus (14') scored.
The referee was Marco Guida.
Team News: Arsenal
Emile Smith Rowe (Knee injury), Jurrien Timber (Cruciate ligament tear) and Thomas Partey (Hamstring injury) will not be able to play for Arsenal gaffer Mikel Arteta.
It looks as if The Gunners look set to go for a 4-3-3 formation for the game with David Raya, Takehiro Tomiyasu, William Saliba, Gabriel, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Martin Oedegaard, Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli.
Team News: RC Lens
Due to a mostly available squad, there’s only the lone fitness issue for the RC Lens boss Franck Haise to be concerned about. Jimmy Cabot (Cruciate ligament tear) won’t be in action. Players who are serving a ban and are therefore ineligible to play are Morgan Guilavogui and Óscar Cortés.
We are inclined to think that Les Artésiens appear most likely to utilise a 3-4-2-1 system by sending out Brice Samba, Jonathan Gradit, Kevin Danso, Facundo Medina, P. Frankowski, Massadio Haidara, Nampalys Mendy, Salis Abdul Samed, Florian Sotoca, Angelo Fulgini and Elye Wahi.
We’ve got the feeling that RC Lens will likely create enough chances to break down this Arsenal team, although that probably shouldn’t be as many as the goals that they could concede.
We’re tipping a very close game with a 2-1 winning score for Arsenal at full-time. There shouldn’t be much in it, either way.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: The Emirates Stadium (60,704)
Captain: Martin Ødegaard
Chairman: Stan & Josh Kroenke
Manager: Mikel Arteta
Competitions: Premier League position 3, FA Community Shield (Community Shield), Champions League (Group B)
🔑 Star Man: Martin Ødegaard
Mostly taking up the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Martin Ødegaard was born in Drammen, Norway. After having made a senior debut playing for Strømsgodset IF in the 2014 season, the dangerous Midfielder has netted 3 league goals in this Premier League 2023 - 2024 season to date in a total of 9 appearances.