Champions League: Ligue 1 Takes Swipe at ‘Superior’ Leagues As Lens Beat Arsenal

Champions League: Ligue 1 Takes Swipe at ‘Superior’ Leagues As Lens Beat Arsenal

Martin Moses
October 4, 2023 at 7:50 AM
  • Ligue 1 aimed a subtle dig at Arsenal after Lens beat them in the Champions League
  • French clubs have always been looked down upon in European competitions
  • Lens now top Group B with four points after two games

Ligue 1's social media admin came out blazing, taking a swipe at other leagues after RC Lens beat Arsenal in Champions League game week two on October 3.

Lens came from behind to stun the English giants 2-1 at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis. Gabriel Jesus had given the Gunners the lead after just 14 minutes, but goals from Adrien Thomasson and Elye Wahi saw the French 'minnows' record a huge victory.

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RC Lens players celebrate Elye Wahi's goal against Arsenal on October 3. Photo by Jean Catuffe.
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Mikel Arteta suffered a double blow after Bukayo Saka limped off in the first half ahead of their showdown against Manchester City this weekend.

The loss poked holes into the belief that the English Premier League is the most competitive league in the world. The EPL has often been lucrative, attracting top talents over the years.

"Farmers' League"

In contrast, the French League is considered the weakest among the top five leagues in Europe. Paris Saint-Germain have won eight of the last ten titles, with many referring to the league as the "Farmers League".

After the game, the league's social media admin returned the favour by saying,


The last time a French club won the Champions League was when Marseille beat Milan in the 1992/1993 final in Munich. PSG were beaten finalists in 2020.

Ironically, the French national team has been a powerhouse in international football, winning two World Cups in that period.

Lens now top the group with 4 points ahead of the doubleheader against PSV Eindhoven. Maximum points from the two games could see them secure their first-ever spot in the Champions League knockout stages.

Did de Gea troll United?

Sports Brief also reported on former Red Devils keeper, David de Gea possibly trolling Man United on social media after their UCL loss to Galatasaray.

The Spaniard's replacement, Andre Onana, had another dismal outing against the Turkish side and fans believe de Gea's post was a jab at his former side.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)
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