Arsenal had been delayed by one storm in the buildup to this tie and then, on a night that may have graver consequences, wilted under another.
The celebrations at full time showed how much this meant to Lens, who responded superbly to a ferocious atmosphere and played with tempo and intelligence that merited their win. It was a sharp reminder for Mikel Arteta’s players that progress to the round of 16 cannot be taken for granted but they left wondering whether that was the only damage incurred.
Written by Nick Ames at Stade Bollaert-Delelis
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2023/oct/03/lens-arsenal-premier-league-match-report under the title “Arsenal wilt in Lens furnace as Elye Wahi and Thomasson apply the heat”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.