Friday, February 23, 2024

Arsenal 6-0 Lens – player ratings

Arsenal ensured top spot in Champions League Group B with a resounding 6-0 win over Lens at the Emirates this evening.

The goals came from Gabriel Jesus, Kai Havertz, Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Jorginho, with the visitors offering very little attacking threat.

All in all, a very impressive night for Mikel Arteta’s men.

Here’s how the players rated this evening.

Read the Arsenal 6-0 Lens match report and see the goal here 

Arsenal 6-0 Lens – Player Ratings

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Arsenio

Frak me, that halfassed-hug at the end between Arteta and Ramsey just hurts me deep down inside…

matthinc

Which Ramsey??

Arsenio

Haha the “dale” one

Keyboard adventures

Mentalista

If you think Ramsdale is distraught, I wonder what whoever is Man Utd’s second keeper is feeling now…

89 again

Top of the league. Top of our champions league group with 1 game to go after a 6-0 win. Try to enjoy football, you’ll like it I promise.

mach iii

Oh I’m sure Ramsdale is depressed on his half a mil a month salary…

Chapeau

Actually, players want to play. That’s how you turn a half-a-mil-a-month salary to a mil

bob

Instead of enjoying the win you decide to go full “body language expert”. Priorities lad! 6 nil!

C.B.

Team performance: 10.
Great in attack and defence!

Darren

Hopefully a largely second-string side against PSV. Could be very useful to get minutes for some.

Henkamp

Yeah, the likes of Kiwior need it. I want to see more of him. Loved what I saw from his cameo tonight.

House of goons

He looks legit

Crash Fistfight

Too legit to quit?

Zet

Unfortunately his minutes going to be reduced with the return to Timber.

goonshow

Every time I see him, I see hints of Big Tone about him… not a bad thing. Not bad, at all!

BsinGooner

Yeah, go full second string against PSV away.

Ramsdale,
White Kiwior Soares Reuell-Walters,
Jorgi Elneny Lewis-Skelly,
Nelson Nketiah Trossard

Grommet

With Fabio Viera and Partey healthy, that’s a really really strong second string…

Mark

Don’t know why anyone gave thumbs down on this, no need at all to play any starter or even bring them on the trip (I would leave White and Trossard out as well) in the absolute definition of a meaningless game especially considering the number of league matches this month and so many having played in the international break and coming off of injuries.

Mostafa

I guess we will not send a very different team, just to avoid a big loss. No one likes this.

Chapeau

Ramsdale isn’t second string. We have two no. 1s, remember?

Toni

I’m one of those guys who doesn’t really get the hype around Jorginho. I think he’s average at best. I’m definitely not a manager, but I’d be more inclined to play Mo in his place. I agree, though, that playing both Mo and Jorginho in the same game can produce some scintillating football.

Emanuel

GET INNNNN!

Cannon and ball and arsen’all

I’d put havertz as man of the match today. A lot of things that he does go unnoticed – he made several ball recoveries today – when we were out of possession he was looking in all directions – when we were in possession he was making movements – neither of these aspects may result in tangible stats but they are what is known as football intelligence – which is why ex pros as pundits rate him so highly whilst armchair pundits may criticise him unfairly

wrightstuff8

I agree, I was at the game and he was class.
60 million down the drain…..

Cannon and ball and arsen’all

If you watch his head movements you get an idea for how he sees the game – yes he may have a languid style – but he is aware of everything around him

goonshow

Very, very intelligent player – too often in recent seasons, we’ve lacked a player(s) to make those Freddie-type runs off Martin/Granit/Thomas….
Havertz certainly looks like that player.

Skinny Ricki

Agree, the strength of of all-round game and football intelligence was always clear, but on Saturday and today he at last made a decisive impact, and the weight of the world seemed to lift from his shoulders and confidence flowed.

Cannon and ball and arsen’all

The fact that Germany played him at left back in the recent internationals, Chelsea played him at 9, and we can play him at 8 suggests that he may be an outlier on the football intelligence level.
Name me an England international you’d play as either a striker, midfielder or fullback?!

Group Captain Mandrake

Our own Bukayo Saka can do the job in all three positions, I think. Outside of him though? Not many come to mind.

Cannon and ball and arsen’all

As soon as I posted that I thought of Saka 😂

Stephen

Saka?! So Kai’s in good company then!

Cannon and ball and arsen’all

This is true – but we’ve not actually seen starboy play at 9 yet – and Kai’s scored the winning goal in a CL final in that position, so….

Parlour’s Pay Packet

Bukayo Saka

inkfight!

Bukayo Saka
But I know what you mean and agree 😊

thanasis

Saka

Merlin’s Panini

Saka

Chapeau

I’d call that Granit Xhaka level of football intelligence

Anthony

Bukayo Saka

goonshow

What a difference a few goals can make!

Ebo

100%. And it’s funny how if you’d made the same observations about his game (as some of us had) before he scored his first open play goal for us you’d get a bunch of ehhs and ahhs and barely convince anyone but in the context of him finally delivering some end product it all just goes down so much more easily, suddenly it’s much easier to see everything else he does well. Probably some of it has to do with his body language the confidence (or lack thereof) he emits, and end product is definitely important so I get it… Read more »

Cannon and ball and arsen’all

Yeh but he hasn’t done it at a cold night at stoke yet.
Impatience is an unfortunate part of fandom – we are a fickle bunch. I suspect he will win over the crowd faster than the god-knows-how-many-years-it-took-xhaka, and he’ll far exceed the expectations even the more optimistic have placed upon him

Ebo

From your mouth to God’s ears. Must admit even I was developing some doubts in the weeks leading up to Brentford, overjoyed to see him finally show signs of starting to click in all aspects of the game. Imagine if by the end of the season we end up thinking like with Rice he too was a bargain…

Cannon and ball and arsen’all

I think they were both moneyball signings – it didn’t matter so much the cost, it mattered more about the stats. Rice was more obvious, but if you read some of the KH stats (and what he did for the team that went unnoticed) you’d get an idea of what he was brought in for. It would require the rice stats to make the KH stats work, but it would also require what jesus brings to the team to make it work, and we’re only just seeing that due to injury

Swindle

Love every word you said. Although, I’d be pretty happy if no Arsenal player ever has to play at Stoke ever again. Regardless of the weather.

Morrisey fan #1

As one of his biggest doubters, his performance tonight delighted me. More of the same please!

peter

Tommy for me MOTM!!

Cannon and ball and arsen’all

Tomi was awesome!

TheBob

love the expression armchair pundit! 😀

goonshow

Confidence is the elixir of greatness.

Paul

Havertz MOTM for me and Rice an 8,

PGunner

Every single game Rice is a minimum 8/10. Class. Agreed re Havertz for MOTM. Lovely stuff Arsenal

ChickPEA

If I remember correctly, he prefers being a 6.

Badaab

11/10 newcastle fans’ reaction to the penalty incidents in this match

A Different George

I think the absurd Newcastle penalty yesterday and UEFA’s reaction guaranteed that Martinelli’s “handball” would not be given. I’m not sure the late handball against them that *was* given was a penalty either, though much closer–but the defender also smacked Martinelli in the face at the same time (unintentional but, I think, a clear foul) so the pen with no (second) yellow seemed fair. Also, it’s very easy to be charitable when it is 5-0.

Badaab

there was a near identical one not given for gala (torriera!) in the earlier match as well.

A Different George

Havertz, not Martinellii, was the [not] guilty Gunner.

Henkamp

That celebration from Big Gabby after stopping that goal-boind shot! I love me old school, proper defenders who live for clean sheets. He has become one of my favorites in this team!

DennisBirdCamp

So glad we’ve kept hold of him and he’s not gone to the Saudi league as rumoured! Don’t think our defence would’ve been as good this season without!

mjc1892

I really hope we find out the truth behind him not playing at the start of the season. So weird.

The Beast

Don’t think there was any chance of us letting him leave in the summer, which may explain why he was on the bench until the window closed

James Herbert

Great win tonight; top of the group. C’mon guys, the good times are here again 🎉💞.

putney swope

would’ve been nice to see some kids but a very enjoyable evening nonetheless.

Rick_Sanchez

Tomi Kroos in da house!

Like White and Rice

Tomi Kroos was pretty good in Top Gun.

Ebo

Two beautiful assists from Tomi, so unshakable defensively and now he’s even getting creative 😍

Adney Toams

He’s MY Hero

A Different George

Well, if Havertz plays like he has the last two matches, he will look as much a bargain as Rice.

The Hiro

🎶 We’ve got a Hiro!
Takehiro Tomiyasu in our back line!
He’s 6 foot 2 from the Samurai Blue
And he’s always up for the fight 🎶

Ebo

We have a winner! Anytime you use 80s synthpop you’ve got me

Rising Dough

What a fun game! With all the different goal scorers, one is tempted to rate player performance by the quality of the goal they scored. On second thought, they’re all beautiful goals!

The Beast

Even the inadvertent chest in from saka was pleasing on the eyes

peter

Very disappointed Eddie got the nod over Trossard. I would want to speak to Arteta if i was Leo!!!

Odinelli

White showed a real footballing brain to link with Saka who dropped deep towards halfway line dragging two opponents with him and leaving acres of space for White to capitalise on the third man run

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