ARSENAL 6 – BATE BORISOV 0: GUNNERS GO GOAL WIRE ON VISITORS
The Arsenal B team were on the rampage yesterday, given that they have been the ones carrying the Europa League since the start of the season, this result was perhaps needed to keep the club;s Morale up. Being the first game since the Weekend debacle vs Man utd it was only right we smashed the living daylight out of Belarusians.
The previous games with this squad had seen some really teriible football this season, and when they play it just smells of second string which was why perhaps many fans stayed away. Well they missed. Only 54,648 turned-out despite whole portions of the Emirates being completely unoccupied.
Mohammed Elneney was on Target for the gunners,
It was Arsenal’s biggest win of the season and rightly so as the visitors were terrible. The Scoreline could’ve been more too as Arsenal missed a lot of chances
Only Arsene Wenger will be unhappy to see the back of this competition until February because it means he now has to come up some other way of keeping his Bsquad busy.
And the Carabao Cup is not going to satisfy a bunch of senior internationals who are already starting to worry about their places at next summer’s World Cup finals.
Jack Wilshere must be wondering what more he has to do to break into Wenger’s Premier League team after another man of the match performance last night.
Fans’ favourite Wilshere scored THE 3RD GOAL and his first Arsenal goal since May 2015 as Arsenal ripped poor Borisov to shreds to confirm their position at the top of Group H.
Theo Walcott, back after a five-match virus, also got in on the act with an impressive close range finish to strengthen his claims for a first Premier League start of the season.
There was even a rare collector’s effort from Mathieu Debuchy, who ended his three-year goal drought to set the Gunners on their way with a thunderous early effort.
Debuchy scored for Arsenal for the 2nd time sine 2015
But the pick of the bunch came from hapless BATE defender Denis Polyakov, who smashed an unstoppable shot into his own goal after Wilshere and Walcott had combined again to open up the Belarussian Champions.
Olivier Giroud added a fifth from the penalty spot after Walcott was upended in the area by Nemanja Milunovic, who had been fortunate to escape unpunished for an earlier hand into the face of Wilshere.
And Mohamed Elneny joined in the fun when he curled another inviting Wilshere pass into the top corner.
Just as against Manchester United at the weekend, Arsenal totally dominated possession to rain shots in on their opponents’ goal.
But this time they didn’t gift their visitors a two-goal lead before clicking into action. And their finishing was one hell of a lot more clinical than it was against United.
Yet all the Europa League victories in the world won’t change Wenger’s mind when it comes to selecting his Premier League team.
Like it or lump it, this lot are destined for a long wait before their next start.