In the UEFA Champions League, Gabriel Jesus continued to showcase his impressive knack for scoring goals in Europe, helping Arsenal secure a remarkable 6-0 triumph over Lens. This outstanding victory ensured the Gunners’ advancement to the knockout stages of the tournament as Group B champions, with one more match left to play.
The game held at the Emirates Stadium witnessed an electrifying first half, with Kai Havertz initiating the scoring and Jesus, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, and Martin Odegaard all finding the net. In the final moments of the match, Jorginho sealed the win for Mikel Arteta’s team with a penalty, concluding a highly successful evening for Arsenal. Jesus scored his 24th goal in the Champions League, marking his presence in 42 games for Manchester City and Arsenal. In a post-match interview with TNT Sports, the 26-year-old revealed his aspirations for the tournament, saying that he has watched the Champions League numerous times and even skipped school to do so because of his passion for football. He acknowledged the significance of the Champions League, comparing it to the Premier League which he has already won with Manchester City. While his goal is to win the Premier League with Arsenal, Jesus also desires to clinch victory in the Champions League, emphasizing that it is not just about scoring but about securing the ultimate triumph. Jesus also commended Arsenal’s outstanding performance and recognized the backing from the home spectators at the Emirates. He expressed, “Beginning the match as we did, we managed to net numerous goals, securing the lead. Naturally, we desire to persist, but occasionally it becomes unfeasible as fatigue sets in and the adversary tries to dominate possession. Our time with the ball diminishes, making it consistently challenging, but we did not allow a goal. Maintaining a clean sheet is commendable, and we were able to score in the final moments.” At present, Arsenal holds the leading position in Group B with a total of 12 points, guaranteeing their seeding for the knockout stages. Even if they suffer a defeat against PSV on December 12, Arsenal’s position will remain unchanged. On the contrary, Lens is currently in third place with five points and has already been eliminated from the competition, irrespective of the outcome of their final game. PSV, on the other hand, is expected to advance alongside Arsenal in Group B. To secure a spot in the Europa League, PSV will need to earn at least one point in their last match against Sevilla.