Arsenal 6 Bate Borisov 0
Debuchy 11, Walcott 37,Wilshere 43, Polyakov og 53, Giroud 64, pen, Elneny74

Europa League last 32 job already done, Arsenal hit Bate Borisov for a 6-0 thrashing. The much changed Gunners fired courtesy of Mathieu Debuchy, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, an own goal when Bate defender Denis Polyakov turned in from Walcott’s cross. Olivier Giroud then struck from the penalty spot after Walcott had been upended by Nemanja Milunovic, with the sixth goal coming from Mohammed Elneny for his first goal at the Emirates. Despite the manner of the victory, morale boosting as it is following the Premier League disappointment against Manchester United in a game which Arsenal dominated, only 30,000 turned up on a cold December night. The official attendance or tickets sold put that figure at the 59,000 mark but that looked optimistic judging by the number of empty seats.

“The target was to finish the job well. It was important to focus on the quality and that is what we did,” said Arsene Wenger.

“I am proud of the attitude and we maintained the quality to play together and the way Arsenal want to play football. That was positive.”

With Wilshere itching to get more Premier League game time and a first start, Wenger praised the England midfielder who seems to be getting back to his high level.

“You will see more of him because he had a little fracture (before) the start of the season, but now I would not even say he is coming back – he is back,” the manager said.

“The next step is for him to be competitive in the Premier League and to fight for his place in the team. He will get games, he will get the opportunity to show that Jack Wilshere is back.

“I would say this is the most mature Wilshere I have seen, in the game and outside the game. He is not excessive, he has taken a distance from the pressure that was always around him,” noted Wenger.

Playing a rare four at the back, Debuchy caught the eye with a combative no nonsense display and slammed in the opener. There was a moment of caution when he went down after a strong challenge, but he got back up to continue. Wenger saluted his defender who despite Hector Bellerin holding the right back berth, has enjoyed an amazing turnaround in form fortune to help his side.

” He’s mentally strong. I’ve said many times in this job you can never give up, no matter what happens for you and always be ready in case you’re needed. Not many can do that, but Mathieu can do that.

“He is under contract. That’s down to his performances now and I opened the door for him many times because he didn’t play and because he has Bellerin in front of him. We have as well Ainsley now who can play right and left, but I consider him like anybody else and I must say I have a huge respect for his professional side and how much he did fight to come back to the top. He’s a tough, tough guy,” said Wenger.

Arsenal next travel to Southampton in Sunday’s midday kick off.