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 is understood 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.
Tweet of the match
Man of the match – Jack Wilshere
Yet again the England midfielder used the Europa League to showcase both his fitness and his finesse, spraying passes around the pitch for fun and chipping in with his first goal in two and a half years. The 25-year-old remains an afterthought for Wenger when it comes to the Premier League but he is a firm fan favourite who is still playing for a new contract at the Emirates Stadium, more showings like this make that fresh deal a no-brainer for the club.
Moment of the match
Having hit the post early on, Elneny’s strike to seal the 6-0 win was the pick of the goals as the Egypt midfielder added to his solitary strike in the Nou Camp with a curling, first-time effort. The 25-year-old is another looking to break into the Premier League side but is currently struggling to even make the matchday squad for the big games.
Debuchy scored just the second Arsenal goal of his career as he opening the scoring here, his last effort came against Liverpool in December 2014 with 1082 days separating his strikes.
Arsenal: David Ospina 6 (out of 10), Mathieu Debuchy 7, Rob Holding 7, Calum Chambers 7, Ainsley Maitland-Niles 6, Francis Coquelin 7, Mohamed Elneny 8, Theo Walcott 8, Jack Wilshere 9, Danny Welbeck 6, Olivier Giroud 7. Subs: Reiss Nelson (for Walcott, 70) 6, Joe Willock (for Elneny, 76) 6, Eddie Nketiah (for Welbeck, 77) 6.BATE Borisov: Denis Scherbitski 6, Aleksei Rios 5, Nemanja Milunovic 3, Denis Polyakov 4, Maksim Volodko 5, Evgeni Berezkin 5, Stanislav Dragun 5, Mikhail Gordeichuk 5, Mirko Ivanic 5, Igor Stasevich 5, Vitali Rodionov 5. Subs: Nikolai Signevich (for Rodinov, 56) 5, Jasse Tuominen (for Stasevich, 68) 5.
Who’s up next?
Southampton v Arsenal (Premier League, December 10)