It was a perfect display from the ‘second string’ Arsenal squad as 6 different scores helped the Gunners rout BATE Borisov 6-0 in their last group match of the Europa league.
After already booking a last 32 ticket, manager Arsene Wenger made 11 changes from the squad that last played in the Premier League on weekend but that had little bearing on the results.
Jack Wilshere scored his first goal in 928 days for club while Mathieu Debuchy got his first since September 2014!
Debuchy opened the goal-fest in 11th minute before Theo Walcott doubled the lead in the 37th minute. Jack Wilshere then scored 2 minutes from break to ensure the home side went into break 3-0.
Goals continued as Denis Polyakov scored an own-goal in the 51st minute before Olivier Giroud scored from the spot to make it 5-0. Mohamed Elneny then had an icing on the cake in the 74th minute.
Arsenal, which had 71% possession of the ball, where hardly affected by the fact that there were merely 30,000 fans witnessing them.
Elsewhere, Athletic Bilbao clinched the top spot in Group J after a 2-0 victory at Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk. In the battle for second spot in Group H behind already-qualified Arsenal, Red Star Belgrade eliminated Cologne with a 1-0 victory.
Earlier, Copenhagen and Lokomotiv both advanced from the tightly contested Group F after victories over Sheriff Tiraspol and Zlin, respectively. AEK needed a point and got it from a 0-0 draw at Austria Vienna to join AC Milan in the next phase from Group D.