Big game ahead for Arsenal in Champions League as they face Lens

On Wednesday at 8 pm, Arsenal will be hosting Lens in the Champions League. Thus, aiming for a victory that would secure the top spot in Group B. In their recent match, the Gunners clinched an impressive 1-0 win against Brentford. Making them only the second team in the Premier League to leave the Gtech Community Stadium with whole three points. Notably, due to his loan agreement from the West London club, David Raya couldn’t make a homecoming. Thus, leading to out-of-favor Aaron Ramsdale taking the goalkeeper position.

Takehiro Tomiyasu’s impact at Arsenal appears to be expanding. Since, the Japanese international has been included in the starting lineup for the past four games. Teaming up with the formidable partnership of William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes, Arteta’s squad seems to have established a consistent defensive performance. Additionally, Oleksandr Zinchenko has enhanced his attacking influence while playing at left back, exemplified by his goal in a 3-1 victory over Burnley a week and a half ago.

Arsenal fans were likely pleased to witness the return of club captain Martin Odegaard to action over the weekend. Even though the Norwegian had a relatively subdued performance. The standout moment came from German international Kai Havertz, who had a breakthrough game by scoring the decisive goal. That was only his second in the entire season and the first from open play. Managerial trust was evident in the decision to deploy Leandro Trossard as the left eight. Thus, underscoring the manager’s eagerness to include the former Brighton player in the starting lineup.

In the goalkeeping position, it is highly likely that Raya will step in to replace Ramsdale, with the Spaniard being available for selection. Arteta praised his new goalkeeper as ‘excellent’ following the win over Manchester City.

Arsenal will like some of the players to maintain their momentum

Arteta will likely aim to build on Kai Havertz’s winning goal against Brentford, hoping it marks the beginning of a positive phase for the German. As a result, he may prioritize giving Havertz as many minutes as possible to sustain his momentum. Jorginho, who consistently started in Odegaard’s absence before the international break, might have an opportunity to reclaim his starting position.

The weekend brought favorable results for the Gunners, securing a win against Brentford. Meanwhile, also witnessing City, Liverpool, and Tottenham all dropping points around them. Despite maintaining a magnificent defensive record, Arsenal is still in search of the rhythm that made them so captivating to watch last season.

The comeback of White, Odegaard, and Jesus provides hope for Arsenal fans moving forward. Since, the Gunners have managed to steer clear of any additional injury concerns since the international break.

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