White withdraws, Tomiyasu replaces him
Initially planned for Mikel Arteta’s starting XI, Ben White is finally out. He is replaced by the Japanese Takehiro Tomiyasu.
France is doing pretty well against the Gunners
Arsenal have lost only one of their 14 away matches against French teams TCC (8 wins, 5 draws), at Rennes in the Europa League (3-1 in March 2019). The Gunners are undefeated in 8 visits to France in the Champions League (6 wins, 2 draws) but lost the 2006 final in Saint-Denis.
The official compositions have been released
· Lens: Samba – Gradit, Dance, Medina – Frankowski, Mendy, Abdul Samed, Machado – Sotoca, Thomasson – Wahi.
Substitutes: Leca, Pandor, Aguilar, Fulgini, Diouf, Maouassa, Saida, El Aynaoui, Khusanov, Guilavogui.
· Arsenal: Raya – Tomiyasu, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko – Saka, Odegaard, Rice, Trossard – Jesus, Havertz.
Replacants: Ramsdale, Hein, White, Partey, Smith Rowe, Nketiah, Kiwior, Cédric, Jorginho, Fabio Vieira, Nelson, Elneny.
Brice Samba gained two places
The Lens locker room is ready, with collector jerseys for the event
Lens players will wear a gold collector’s jersey inspired by the club’s last Champions League campaign in 2002-2023.
Gervais Martel: “A team that must play to its strengths without worrying about its opponent”
Gervais Martel, former president of RC Lens, at the microphone of BFM Grand Lille: “It’s a very homogeneous team, which does not have many weaknesses. An excellent goalkeeper, an iron defense, a very versatile midfielder and attackers very efficient. It’s a solid team, which must play to its strengths without worrying about its opponent. In addition, there is a bench which is provided, that’s the strength of a great club.”
Some stands already open
Very good atmosphere around the stadium currently. Since 6 p.m., certain stands of the stadium have been open to facilitate passage.
Fallers of Arsenal, the Lensois move on to the Youth League
1-0 winners over Sevilla FC to kick off their competition, the young guns of RC Lens confirmed their good momentum by knocking out Arsenal on Tuesday. Yohan Démont’s players won by the same score, thanks to a goal from Ayanda Sishuba, who regularly plays with the pro group this season. Next European meeting for the Lensois: October 24, against PSV.
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The probable composition of RC Lens, in 3-4-2-1:
Samba – Gradit, Dance, Medina – Frankowski, Abdul Samed, N. Mendy, Machado – Sotoca, Thomasson – Revelation.
The store stormed by supporters for the collector’s jersey
People, people and lots of people in front of the club shop. Supporters are all looking to get the special jersey worn this evening by the players against Arsenal, for Lens’ reunion with the Champions League.
Champions League – Lens-Arsenal, RCL store, October 3, 2023 © RMC Sport
Nicolas Pelletier, in Lens
Arteta was ‘impressed’ by Lens
Mikel Arteta, Arsenal manager: “I was really impressed with what they did last year. It’s incredible to finish in that position, and the way they did it, the form they had “They had at home. This season they were unlucky with some results. I don’t know why they didn’t take more points, so we are expecting a huge battle tomorrow. We are more “They are a very good team and we have a huge test ahead of us tomorrow (Tuesday).”
A collector’s jersey inspired by the 2002-2003 season
On the eve of the Arsenal reception, the club unveiled the collector’s tunic which will be worn on this occasion. It is yellow/gold and inspired by the club’s last campaign in the Champions League during the 2002-2003 season. Several former players who participated take part in the spot broadcast by the club on social networks: John Utaka, Guillaume Warmuz, Eric Sikora, Daniel Moreira and Olivier Thomert. A thought for the late Papa Bouba Diop, who died in 2020, also appears in the clip.
A match classified as high risk, 1,800 English supporters expected
The return of the Champions League and the match between Lens and Arsenal this Tuesday at Bollaert promises to be hot. So much so that the authorities are carefully monitoring the organization of the meeting while a large procession of Gunners supporters is expected in the North.
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After bringing home a good point from its trip to Seville at the opening of its European campaign, Lens intends to ride on its current momentum to bring down the leader of its group, Arsenal, runner-up to Manchester City last season and still undefeated in 2023-2024. The match will kick off at 9 p.m. at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium.
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