Elye Wahi, RC Lens’ forward, not only scored a goal but assisted once again as his team ended with victory against Arsenal. Consequently, RC Lens was able to claim the top spot in Champions League Group B. Their impressive gameplay marked the return of Europe’s premium club competition to their home stadium on Tuesday.
Wahi, 20, fed Adrien Thomasson for the equalizing goal in the first half right after Gabriel Jesus had opened the scoring. He then found the back of the net, securing the victory in the 69th minute, which caused immense joy among the audience and especially their supporters at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium.
After Arsenal’s first loss of the season on a challenging evening, their difficulties intensified as they approached the crucial Premier League match against Manchester City on Sunday. England’s forward, Saka, had to leave the game after just 33 minutes, which affected the whole situation.
In Lens’ initial Champions League home game in 21 years, the stadium was packed to the brim for the 30th time after 38,000 fans flocked in happiness as their team bounced back after a mediocre beginning to the season.
Overall, the post-game celebrations evidently revealed the victory’s significance for Lens. The players were seen to respond impressively to the intense atmosphere, playing with complete agility and intelligence, which chiefly led them to their win. This serves as a reminder to Mikel Arteta’s side that advancing to the round of 16 should not be assumed. This left them to ponder whether there should be more consequences to consider.
The Montpellier goal machine, Elye Wahi, signed his five-year contract with Lens following a 35 million-worth transfer from Montpellier, which included bonuses, making Wahi the most expensive player in the northeastern club’s history.
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