Arsenal return to Champions League action on Tuesday evening with a trip to the Stade Bollaert-Delelis to face Lens. After hammering PSV 4-0 in their opening group game, the Gunners are favourites to make it two wins on the bounce following their assent back into Europe’s premier competition.
As well as Lens, Arsenal have been drawn in Group B alongside Sevilla and PSV. On paper, this is a group Arsenal should qualify from with ease. The Gunners can be backed a 1/3 with bet365 to win the group and 1/10 to simply make it into the knockout stages.
Ahead of facing off with Lens, Arsenal have a couple of injury concerns Mikel Arteta will have to deal with. Bukayo Saka was a doubt for Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth and limped off the pitch in the second half of that game after being on the receiving end of a number of tough challenges.
Speaking after the match, Mikel Arteta said this on Saka: “I don’t [know] yet as I haven’t had a chance to speak to him. I think it was a stamp in the same area but Gabi was limping as well after the game so let’s see how they are.”
As alluded to by Arteta above, Gabriel Jesus also picked up a knock vs the Cherries. Jesus played the entirety of the contest against Bournemouth in a front three with Eddie Nketiah and Saka.
However, he was seen limping at the end of the game, with Arteta later confirming there is a slight concern for the Brazilian ahead of facing Lens: “Gabi was limping as well after the game so let’s see how they are.”
With a huge clash vs Manchester City on the horizon, it would not be surprising to see Arteta opt to rest the aforementioned duo for Tuesday’s game.
In turn, Eddie Nketiah will likely be the man tasked with leading the line vs Lens. The striker has two goals to his name already this season and can be backed at 7/4 with bet365 to score anytime vs the French side.
Lens vs Arsenal H2H record (last five games)
- Lens: 1 win
- Arsenal: 2 wins
- Draws: 1
- Last meeting: Lens 1-2 Arsenal (UEFA Cup) - 20/04/2000