Elneny starts as Arsenal defeat BATE Borisov 4-2

Theo Walcott scored twice and Olivier Giroud netted his 100th Arsenal goal, as Arsene Wenger's men defeated BATE Borisov 4-2 on Thursday night.

That Alexander Hleb, who played for Borisov in four separate spells, spent three years at the Emirates Stadium meant there are terrible lot of Arsenal fans in this corner of eastern Europe.

And the boss has been true to his word, although the bench is full of inexperienced players, because we start with first team players like Giroud, Walcott, Elneny, Mertesacker and Holding. He's on the way up.

Wenger made nine changes to the Arsenal team after they travelled to eastern Europe on the back of a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Monday.

"We maintained it for 65 minutes and then the last 20 minutes were a bit more hard". He's shown again that he's not lost his football. Overall I'm very pleased with our performance.

After Walcott gave the visitors a two-goal lead inside 22 minutes, defender Rob Holding added a third and his first for the club before the hosts pulled one back before the half-hour mark.

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Nelson performed brilliantly in the right wing-back position for the Gunners, contributing both defensively and in attack and displaying a repertoire of fancy footwork to boot.

Summer signings Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac are also not expected to feature. "It's a great moment in his career to get 100 goals for Arsenal, I have achieved that and I know the feeling and it is brilliant".

"We see a lot of young players training with us, a lot of young players they have a good future here, but you need to develop them in a lot of areas", said the 32-year-old.

"It's a remarkable achievement".

Naitland-Miles nearly created a third when Wilshere found him on the left and only a last-ditch interception prevented Giroud from tapping in.

  • Lawrence Cooper