Arsenal battered BATE Borisov 6-0 in the Europa League in Thursday night in one of the best performances from Arsene Wenger’s men so far this season.
Although Arsenal are SUPPOSED to be beating BATE Borisov at home, you and I know that our Europa League games have been somewhat lacking. Therefore, it’s reassuring to know that although we’ve already progressed to the knock-out stages, we still gave everything and won emphatically. We can only beat who’s in front of us, after all, and boy did we beat them.
We saw goals from Mathieu Debuchy, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Olivier Giroud and Mohamed Elneny and superb performances all around.
Although BATE were poor, we capitalised on this and made the trip worth it for the 10 Arsenal fans who actually showed up to the Emirates.
Here’s how the rest of the team got on individually.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 7
The 20-year-old put in another solid, professional performance. He won three tackles and made three interceptions. Although he only completed 84% of his passes, he proved his maturity and knew when to hang back. It wasn’t his most impressive display for the senior team but it was strong nonetheless.
Mohamed Elneny – 7
Elneny had a good game, hitting the bar in the first half and netting Arsenal’s sixth goal in the second. The midfielder completed 72/75 passes and generally put in a good shift.
Francis Coquelin – 7
Coq wasn’t terrible. He completed 90% of his passes and was even showboating at one stage without showing us up. Joking aside, a solid performance from the Frenchman.
Jack Wilshere – 8
Jack had a strong match. Not only did he score a lovely goal, he was everywhere throughout the game, driving play and getting involved in everything from the get-go. He also managed an assist and completed four dribbles – more than anyone else on the pitch. When he and Theo play like this, they tear teams apart.
1 – Jack Wilshere has scored his first competitive goal for Arsenal since May 2015 (vs West Bromwich Albion). Patience.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 7, 2017
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