Giroud's 100th helps Gunners win goal fest

Arsenal celebrate during their 4-2 win over BATE Borisov in Group H

While it may not be the Champions League or the Premier League that Wenger craves, it is vital that Wenger prioritises the Europa League over the FA Cup and Carabao Cup this season. Arsenal got stuck into their sausages and ended up having the better of a rollicking, bundles of chances, blast in Belarus.

Giroud would make it four with his 100th goal for the club when he converted a spot-kick after Reiss Nelson was pulled down in the box.

Our first away day of the Europa League campaign sees us travel all the way to Belarus tonight to face BATE Borisov.

"I said on Monday night after the (2-0 defeat of West Brom) that I would play an experienced team with a young bench".

"Brilliant from Jack Wilshere even to just spot Walcott". The Englishman is holding down the base of the midfield in all of the secondary competitions and, last time out against Doncaster, he was able to go the full 90 minutes for the first time in quite awhile. The same pair combined two minutes later to make sure. The keeper received the ball and gave it straight to Theo Walcott when he was trying to play it out from the back.

A first half penalty from Iraqi worldwide Brwa Nouri handed Ostersund a gutsy 1-0 home win over Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin as they continued a fairytale first campaign in Europe two years after being promoted to the Swedish top flight.

Jack Wilshere put in an impressive performance in Belarus
Jack Wilshere put in an impressive performance in Belarus

If that appeared any sort of platform to build upon, it swiftly meant little when in the 22nd minute, BATE goalkeeper Scherbitski sloppily passed the ball under minimal pressure to Walcott, gifting him the close-range finish with which he scored.

Rodriguez cleverly cut back on Shkodran Mustafi and looked certain to win a penalty when he was up-ended by the Arsenal defender.

Willock played as a deeper lying midfielder. All three looked comfortable and offered flashes of their ability. He's at an age where a player normally gets to the best of his career. On this evidence they passed the test. Kokorin struck again in the second half to seal the three points. That said, they managed to rouse themselves despite the deficit.

David Ospina couldn't do much more about Bate's goals but made a couple of good stops.

Ospina could not stop Ivanic's effort.

The Serb escaped punishment, however, as the referee merely awarded a free-kick.

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9' - GOAL! BATE 0-1 Arsenal.

Ostersunds FK remain top of Group J above Zorya after Graham Potter's team overcame Hertha Berlin 1-0 at home with a Brwa Nouri penalty.

As if going down 3-0 was the wakeup call they were waiting for, BATE responded three minutes later.

Felipe Caicedo and Ciro Immobile scored in a 2-0 success for Lazio while Nice were 3-0 victors at home to Vitesse, with Alassane Plea on the scoresheet either side of a Allan Saint-Maximin goal. Opsina had to be alert to punch away moments later.

Albion went close again before the interval when Barry's shot was pushed out by Cech and Rodriguez scuffed wide.

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