Lens 2-1 Arsenal LIVE RESULT: Gunners on end of shock defeat in France while Bukayo Saka suffers injury – reaction
Rice speaks on loss
Declan Rice has spoken out after his side’s 2-1 loss to Lens in France this evening.
Speaking to TNT Sports he said: “I feel we created enough to win the game, for sure.
“We missed some big chances. It’s a great finish for their first goal and the second one we created with our own problems.
“I thought we totally dominated the match but they are not an easy opponent. We had to be on it but it was just that final bit that was lacking.
“Credit to them. They defended very well and some of their centre-backs had some outstanding performances.
“We’re only 10 games or so into the season. We’re just warming up and getting into our rhythm. Our focus turns back to the league and it’s a massive game on Sunday.”
Arteta gives Saka update
Mikel Arteta has given an update on Bukayo Saka after he was subbed off with an injury just 34 minutes into the game.
Speaking to TNT, he said: “He tried to backheel a ball in the first half and he felt something. It was something muscular.
“He wasn’t able to carry on and we had to take him off.”
Tough test next
It can’t get much harder for Arsenal as they welcome treble winners Man City to the Emirates on Sunday.
A loss tonight makes that game even more important for Mikel Arteta’s side as they need to bounce back.
Arsenal knocked off top spot
Arsenal have their place in top spot taken away from them in Group B, but with PSV and Sevilla drawing 2-2 they remain in second place.
Lens fans loving it
Lens fans are in dreamland as they go top of Group B in the Champions League.
The French side were outstanding tonight.
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