Bate Borisov 2 Arsenal 4
Ivanic 28, Gordeichuck 67, Walcott 9, 22, Holding 25, Giroud 49 pen

Arsenal eased past Bate Boris with a 4-2 win and an performance which spoke volumes about the skill and adaptability of the Gunners squad than. Arsene Wenger made nine changes from the side which saw off West Bromwich Albion, with only Mohamed Elneny and Shkodran Mustafi featuring in Belarus. Theo Walcott got the goal scoring started with a shot which he eventually got over the line. Sent in on an earlier chance from Jack Wilshere’s incisive pass, Walcott had struck the upright.

A loss of concentration from Borisov keeper Denis Scherbitski was a gift for Walcott for Arsenal’s second, and when Rob Holding struck home from Per Mertersacker’s corner flick on, the Gunners’ had fired in three times within the first 25 minutes. Borisov reduced the deficit when Ivanic headed in past a startled David Ospina. Looking back at this, the Colombian may feel that he could have gotten more to make the save.

Oliver Giroud then netted his 100th Arsenal goal from the penalty spot shortly after the break, after the referee had spotted an infringement in the box. Although the home side struck another when Gordeichuk made it 4-2 as the Arsenal defence were guilty of not responding quickly enough to the danger, it was Wenger who saw his side seal back to back Europa League wins to top Group H

Happy to see his young side come through a tough away day, Wenger reflected on the result.

“ I believe overall we had a team that was a mixture of experienced players and young players and overall we had a good cohesion. We played football like we wanted to play, with good pace in our game. We maintained it for 65 minutes maybe, but the last 20 minutes were a bit more difficult. Overall, I am very pleased with our performance.” Of those who had a fine outing, Wilshere was showing signs of his best with a display which will surely lead to his re-inclusion to the Premier League at the earliest.

“ He had an outstanding first half and he did fight until the end. I think he is on a good way back to his best. He has shown that tonight. He is at an age where a player normally gets to the best of his career. He is on the way up and he has only been stopped by a series of injuries. Hopefully, I just pray that he is not hampered anymore by any problems and then we will see him getting stronger and stronger. He has shown again tonight that he has not lost his football,” reflected Wenger.

The Arsenal boss was just as pleased to see Giroud notch up his 100th club goal, the 19th player to have done so. Having consigned himself to leaving in the summer, the France striker has accepted that he will not play as much as he would like, and Wenger was delighted that his striker agreed to be an experienced squad player.

“ I just congratulated him for his remarkable achievement of 100 goals. He is in good company when you look. It is a remarkable achievement. When you play football, the most difficult thing is to score goals and he has scored 100 for us. I just congratulated him for that remarkable achievement.

“I believe these players practise with us every day and they know how we want to play. I must say, BATE Borisov is a good team who have good cohesion. They have a good technical level, they work well together and we needed a good performance to beat them tonight,” added Wenger.