UCL: Arsenal Coach Hails Team’s Five-Star Performance Against Lens

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hailed his side after they romped into the knockout stages of the Champions League by sweeping RC Lens aside 6-0 on a freezing night in north London on Wednesday.

The Gunners' 6-0 win was the biggest ever victory by an English team against a French opponent in European competition.

Arteta told reporters: "I didn’t even dream like this. We had the chance to qualify today and be top of the group and I think we’ve done it in a really convincing way. The team from the beginning showed a lot of aggression and determination to go for the game. Everything happened in the right way in the first 30 minutes."

Arteta said his side had been showing a similar form at home for a while, and he welcomed the fact that six different players had got their names on the score sheet.

"The consistency that we’ve shown at home to not concede any goals and score lots is a really positive factor. Those players need to have those experiences and believe that we can do it against those opponents."