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Arsenal finish top after a six-star night at the Emirates 

Arsenal got to the Champions League knockouts as group champions by pounding Lens at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal got to the Champions League knockouts as group champions by pounding Lens at Emirates Stadium.

Explosive First-Half Performance Secures Last 16 Spot

In a spectacular display, the Gunners showcased their prowess by netting an astounding five goals in the first half, securing a spot in the last 16 of the competition. This achievement marks Arsenal’s return to the tournament after a seven-year hiatus.

Multiple Scorers Illuminate First Half

Kai Havertz, Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, and Martin Odegaard all found the net in a phenomenal first-half performance. The scoring spree set the stage for an emphatic victory, with Jorginho’s late penalty adding further gloss to the commanding win.

Group B Success and Manager’s Enthusiasm

Arsenal’s progression from Group B alongside PSV Eindhoven confirms their dominance in the group stage, with Lens failing to advance.

Manager Mikel Arteta expressed his delight, stating, “I didn’t even dream like this.” He praised the team’s aggressive and determined approach from the outset, highlighting how everything fell into place within the first 30 minutes, setting the tone for their victorious game.

Arteta Praises Team’s Aggressive Approach

“The team from the beginning showed a lot of aggression and determination to go for the game,” Arteta remarked. “Everything happened in the right way in the first 30 minutes. That was really helpful to win the game.”

Arsenal’s exceptional performance not only secures their spot in the tournament’s next stage but also underlines their resilience and determination to make an impactful return to the competition after their hiatus.

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