Arsenal hit BATE for six to round off group stage in style

From ESPN - December 7, 2017

Arsenal cruised to victory over BATE Borisov in their final Europa League group game as Arsene Wenger's fringe players made another case for Premier League involvement.

With top spot in Group H already assured, the Gunners made light work of the Belarusian champions in front of a record-low Emirates Stadium crowd.

While the official figure was 54,648, it appeared less than 30,000 fans were present to see Arsenal run riot with an emphatic and easy 6-0 win.

Mathieu Debuchy's second goal for the club got the ball rolling before Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere netted, with a Denis Polyakov own goal, an Olivier Giroud penalty and a fine Mohamed Elneny strike wrapping things up.

Walcott, Wilshere and Giroud have yet to start a league game this season and have admitted to frustration at being limited to Europa League minutes.

The trio are likely to drop out of the side which travels to take on Southampton in the Premier League at midday on Sunday as the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette return.

For Arsenal's second string, this was a cakewalk with Elneny setting the tone early on by hitting the outside of the post with a scuffed volley.

The Egypt international has just one goal to his name since joining the Gunners and it was another man with a similarly barren run who would open the scoring.

Debuchy was widely expected to leave Arsenal in the summer but has worked his way back into Wenger's side and arrowed home a perfectly-placed drive to put the hosts ahead with his first goal in almost three years.


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