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Arsenal player ratings vs Lens: Devastating Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka lead Mikel Arteta’s side to record-breaking Champions League rout as ruthless Gunners qualify for knockouts in style

Arsenal's return to the Champions League group stage this season hasn't always been a walk in the park, but their 6-0 victory over Lens on Wednesday sealed their progression to the knockout stages for the first time since 2016 in some style.

Clearly motivated to enact their revenge on the French strugglers following that shock defeat in the reverse fixture, the Gunners frequently tore their opposition to shreds, with five different players: Kai Havertz, Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard, getting on the scoresheet before the break. The half-time winning margin was a record for an English team in the competition.

With the result essentially ensured, things rather died down in the second period. The only real action of note was Arsenal receiving a debatable penalty for handball, which substitute Jorginho calmly converted. However, the Gunners fans lucky enough to be in attendance on this bitterly cold night in north London won't forget those first-half fireworks any time soon.

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