Arsenal vs Lens lineups, starting 11s, team news for Champions League match as Raya set for return

Arsenal are closing in on a Champions League Round of 16 spot as they host Lens on November 29.

The Gunners will confirm top spot in Group B with a win over the French side at the Emirates Stadium, and a draw will be enough if PSV Eindhoven fail to beat Sevilla in the other group fixture.

Mikel Arteta is likely to tweak his starting line up, following a dramatic 1-0 Premier League win over Brentford, with a crucial call incoming over his goalkeeper.

The Sporting News looks at the latest team news and predicted lineups for this Champions League fixture.

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Arsenal vs Lens lineups

David Raya was ineligible to face his parent club Brentford at the weekend, with Aaron Ramsdale producing a mixed performance, and the Spanish stopper looks likely to return in goal for Arteta.

Raya has started all four of Arsenal’s Champions League games so far this season and his recall looks inevitable for the hosts.

Arteta could also reward Kai Havertz following his late winner off the bench against Brentford, with the German international potentially starting in midfield.

Lens’ cause is further weakened by the absence of striker Morgan Guilavogui due to a one-game suspension.

Below are the projected starting lineups for both teams ahead of their Champions League match at the Emirates Stadium on November 29.

Arsenal starting 11

(4-3-3): Raya (GK) — White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko — Odegaard, Rice, Havertz — Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.

  • Injured: Partey, Smith-Rowe, Timber
  • Suspended: Vieira

Alongside expected recalls for Raya and Havertz, Arteta could also bring Ben White back into the starting XI, as he looks to ease him back into action following injury.

Lens starting 11

(3-4-3): Samba (GK) — Gradit, Danso, Medina — Frankowski, Mendy, Samed, Fulgini — Sotoca, Wahl, Thomasson.

  • Injured: Machado, Cortes, Cabot, Faríñez.
  • Suspended: Guilavogui

Lens are missing some key players for this tie, with Deiver Machado and Oscar Cortes out injured, and Guilavogui banned.

Arsenal vs Lens live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch this Champions League match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

  TV channel Streaming
USA  — Paramount+, ViX
UK TNT Sports 2 discovery+
Australia  — Stan Sport
Canada  — DAZN
India  — Sony LIV, JioTV
New Zealand  — beIN Sports Connect
Malaysia  — beIN Sports Connect
Singapore  — beIN Sports Connect
Hong Kong  — beIN Sports Connect

USA: This game can be streamed through Paramount+. You can now get the rest of the Champions League group stage (plus three months Serie A, WSL and more) for just $5.97.

Canada: DAZN is the home of UEFA Champions League football in Canada.

Australia: Every UEFA Champions League Match. 4K UHD. Exclusive & Ad-free on Stan Sport. The Home of UEFA Champions League.

UK: This match is available on TNT Sports 2 and via live stream through discovery+.

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