Hm. This was not the script I was handed. I had been led to believe that RC Lens, having sold talismanic striker Openda and stalward defender Fofana, would simply roll over for us. Instead, we seemed to do the rolling over despite Arteta naming a squad as close to full strength as he could. Lens were brighter, more incisive, and more determined throughout the match, fueled on by a boisterous, roiling atmosphere. Even after jesus’s opener, the home crowd inspired their lads through relentless chants and cheers. The atmosphere was really quite something, and we just weren’t up to the task. Losing Saka after just 34 minutes was far from ideal. We were so desperate for an equaliser that Raya joined the fray for two corner kicks in stoppage time. Feck. Well, let’s rate the lads.