Arsenal's Wilshere, Walcott and Debuchy turn back the clock vs. BATE

Arsenal's Wilshere, Walcott and Debuchy turn back the clock vs. BATE
From ESPN - December 7, 2017

Arsenal's second string hammered a woeful BATE Borisov 6-0 to round off the Europa League group stage in style.

There were five different scorers for the Gunners on the night, with Mathieu Debuchy, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Olivier Giroud and Mohamed Elneny all adding to a cracker of an own goal from Denis Polyakov.

An undersized Arsenal crowd enjoyed a good show as Arsenal cruised comfortably into the knockout phase.


Those Arsenal fans that bothered to show up were treated to a very exciting performance. From the very first minutes of the game, it was clear BATE simply could not live with Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger will take particular delight in the performances of Giroud, Walcott and Wilshere. The roles of all three players have been questioned this season, but they demonstrated their value to the squad tonight.


Although the low attendance was understandable given that this was just a meaningless match, it's a shame the club had not done more to combat the issue-perhaps by offering free tickets to local schools.

It would also be remiss to analyse this game without discussing the quality of the opposition -- or lack thereof. BATE were utterly abysmal on the night, and Arsenal essentially had free reign to do as they pleased. As well as some of these players performed, it's difficult to argue that they'd be able to replicate those displays amid the intensity of the Premier League.

Manager rating out of 10

8 --No injuries, six goals and a clean sheet. Wenger will be satisfied with his night's work, and can now focus fully on what's sure to be a crucial festive period in the Premier League.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK David Ospina, 7 -- Arsenal's No. 2 ca not have had many easier nights than this during his time in London. Ospina barely broke a sweat.

DF Mathieu Debuchy, 8 -- Rattled in the opener for his first goal in three years. It would be wrong to suggest Debuchy has fully rehabilitated his Arsenal career, but the Europa League group stage has afforded him an opportunity to demonstrate some value to the squad. Perhaps his performances have even done enough to attract a buyer in January.


Continue reading at ESPN »