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Arsenal player ratings vs Lens as Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka shine while Kai Havertz has fun.

Arsenal player ratings vs Lens as Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka shine while Kai Havertz has fun.


David Raya: Barely tested at all in the first half save for a cross that he dealt with well. More to do in the second, but remained solid throughout. Some of his long distance distribution was very impressive. 7.


Takehiro Tomiyasu: Two assists for the Japan international. Not sure he knew much about the first, but the second was a reward for his tireless overlapping of Saka. 8.


William Saliba: One moment where Wahi got the better of him in the first half, but aside from that the France international was composed as ever. Not an awful lot to do for the most part. 7.


Gabriel: Switched on throughout and was good in distribution when Arsenal looked to play from the back. Wahi is a potentially tricky customer but he kept him quiet for the most part. 7.


Oleksandr Zinchenko: Much of Arsenal's first half attacking excellence came down the right, so it was a quieter night for Zinchenko. Hardly gave the ball away though and was solid in defence. 7.


Declan Rice: Snapped into defensive tackles in the midfield in order to allow Arsenal to keep the pressure on. A worthy standing ovation as he was taken off with time to spare. 8.


Martin Odegaard: Needed that goal, not necessarily to prove anything, but to silence the doubters who have forgotten his quality all too quickly this season. 8


Kai Havertz: Finally looks to be enjoying himself in an Arsenal shirt. The deadlock-breaking goal was well taken and another example of what Arteta wants to see more of from the German. 8


Bukayo Saka: Much will be said for the England international's skill, but his sheer force of will isn't spoken about enough. Absolutely key for the second goal, and well rewarded with a goal of his own. 9.


Gabriel Jesus: Something about this competition brings out the very best in the Brazilian. Another goal and another assist to cap off another superb display. 9.


Gabriel Martinelli: European teams don't seem to have figured out that you can't give the Brazilian space. He will invariably punish you and did so again tonight with a goal and assist. 8.


SUBSTITUTES -

Ben White: Nearly got on the scoresheet with a header from a corner. Got forward well too with some superb overlapping. Defensively decent too. 7.


Jakub Kiwior: Shows his versatility yet again with a good display. Defensively very solid and didn't need to offer too much going forward. 7


Reiss Nelson: Bright at times and unlucky not to get on the scoresheet. Proving himself as a useful option in these games. 7.


Jorginho: Put an extra shine on the game with a classic well-taken penalty. 7.


Eddie Nketiah: Came on too late to influence the game. n/a.


Source: Arsenal - Football.London

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