Arsenal win over RC Lens 'A bit mad!' Says Martin Odegaard

Arsenal soundly beat RC Lens 6-0 with five first-half goals the catalyst for the result and captain Martin Odegaard was at a loss for words over the result.

Arsenal FC v RC Lens: Group B - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
Arsenal FC v RC Lens: Group B - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 / Marc Atkins/GettyImages
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Arsenal blew RC Lens off the pitch in a devastating 14-minute spell as four goals were slammed home, and Gunners captain Martin Odegaard was left shocked at how the team performed.

As far as overwhelming performances go, Arsenal's 6-0 beatdown of RC Lens in its Champions League contest has to be up there with the best.

The Gunners' swashbuckling attacking football returned in a devastating way as Kai Havertz got things rolling in the 13th minute before Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka, and Gabriel Martinelli all netted in the next 13 minutes. Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard then made it a five-star performance as he lashed home a volley on the stroke of halftime.

Such was the level of football the Gunners played as they rendered Lens to bystanders, Odegaard was left in awe of what he witnessed.

“It was a beautiful night at home at the Emirates in the Champions League,” Odegaard said via arsenal.com. “A lot to play for and we started so strong, so it was a solid game from us. It was a bit mad to be honest, but we did so well. The intensity, the rhythm we played in, and what we did in the boxes was brilliant. We wanted to keep doing the same in the second half, but the game was a bit different, and it was a solid performance.

“We knew what we were playing for today, so we managed to do that and of course, we’re very happy now.”

The win secured Arsenal's progression to the knockout stages as it is yet another feather in the cap for the club as they continue the build back from obscurity. With the Champions League now taking a back seat, Arsenal can focus on league matters as they currently sit top of the pile.

With a favorable draw coming up that sees the Gunners face Wolves, Luton Town and then Aston Villa before the final group stage game against PSV, Arsenal has a chance to solidify its position in the Premier League.

As Odegaard called the result against Lens "mad," if the Gunners can go one better in the league than what they did last year, then we imagine that the Lens game won't be the only "mad" result that happens throughout the rest of the season.