The Gunners will be desperately trying not to allow attentions to drift to the weekend and a mammoth home Premier League showdown with title rivals Manchester City.
Mikel Arteta has insisted that his players will be fully focused on the task at hand as they look to take full early control of Group A.
Arsenal celebrated their return to Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in six years with a 4-0 rout of PSV Eindhoven on matchday one and will be heavy favourites to similarly dispatch a Lens team that have won just two of their first seven games of the new season to sit narrowly above the Ligue 1 relegation zone.
However, Franck Haise’s side did manage to claim a solid point away at Sevilla a fortnight ago, so will be keen to prove that they are no pushovers at this level.
How to watch RC Lens vs Arsenal
TV channel: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on TNT Sports 2 in the UK, with coverage beginning at 7pm BST ahead of an 8pm kick-off.
Live stream: Subscribers can also watch the action unfold live online via the TNT Sports website and app.
LIVE coverage: Follow the game with Standard Sport’s live blog, featuring expert analysis from chief football correspondent Dan Kilpatrick at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.