Arsene Wenger is likely to recall a host of fringe players for Arsenal’s final Europa League group stage match at home to BATE Borisov on Thursday.
The Gunners are already assured of progressing in top spot and Wenger will continue his policy of mass rotation for the competition with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud expected to come in.
It remains to be seen who Wenger deploys in defence as, with Shkodran Mustafi struggling with a thigh injury suffered in the defeat to Manchester United, he may rest another centre-back for Sunday’s trip to Southampton.
Arsenal : Ospina, Debuchy, Chambers, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Coquelin, Wilshere, Walcott, Welbeck, Giroud
Subs : Macey, Sheaf, Nelson, Reine-Adelaide, Willock, Nketiah, Akpom
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71 minsminute by minute
Substitution Theo Walcott Reiss Nelson
70 minsminute by minute
Elneny had a pot-shot from distance, but it’s an awful effort, shanked well wide with no real power behind it.
69 minsminute by minute
BATE’s top scorer Stasevich is replaced by Tuominen. He’s had a quiet night tonight, as have most of his side’s forward-thinking players.
68 minsminute by minute
SAVE! Ospina has to be on his toes again as a shot is thumped into his midriff, but the Colombian shot-stopper hangs on well once more.
67 minsminute by minute
Ospina holds onto a rare shot on his goal, and tries to set his team on the front foot straight away with a quick throw out to Welbeck, but he can’t get through.
GOAL! Arsenal 5-0 BATE
Olivier Giroud scores from the spot after Theo Walcott was fouled in the box. It’s turning into a rout at the Emirates.
64 minsminute by minute
And this time it counts! It’s not quite as sweet as his first effort into the top right, and Scherbitski gets his hands to it, but the Frenchman’s effort squeezes inside the post to make it 5-0 to Arsenal!
63 minsminute by minute
And Giroud scores into the top right, but has to take it again! It’s possibly for encroachment, but the Frenchman has to have another go.
62 minsminute by minute
PENALTY! Walcott is barged over in the box after getting to the ball ahead of Milunovic and it’s a clear penalty.
61 minsminute by minute
Giroud is desperate to get his name on the scoresheet, as he checks back onto his left foot from the right hand side, but he’s leaning back as he takes his shot and it’s miles over the bar.
59 minsminute by minute
Wilshere shows wonderful feet to glide past several defenders and play the ball into Welbeck on the left. He does well to keep it in play, but he can’t make anything of it.
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58 minsminute by minute
CHANCE! Welbeck pops up on the right and cuts inside before blasting the ball at goal, but Scherbitski stands firm and repels the strike with two firm hands.
56 minsminute by minute
Rodionov goes off for Signevich as BATE try and freshen things up.
55 minsminute by minute
Giroud wins the ball back with his strength and shoots on the turn, but it’s a speculative effort and the Frenchman is lucky to see the ball deflect out for a corner – it was never going to trouble the keeper.
GOAL! Arsenal 4-0 BATE
Arsenal add another straight after the break. Jack Wilshere splits the defence with a great through ball for Theo Walcott who’s cross is turned into his own net by BATE defender Denis Polyakov.
51 minsminute by minute
GOAL! It’s a bewlidering own-goal from Polyakov, as Arsenal carve BATE open again with relative ease. Wilshere plays a neat ball inside the full-back for Walcott, who races down the right and crosses low towards Welbeck, but Polyakov inexplicably smashes the ball past his goalkeeper from the centre of the six-yard box! That makes it 4-0!
48 minsminute by minute
Rios goes in heavy on Wilshere in frustration as Arsenal keep the ball for a spell. Arsenal fans collectively wince at the sight of the Englishman going down under a heavy challenge, and will no doubt be relieved to see him get back to his feet and dust himself down.
46 minsminute by minute
Arsenal get the ball rolling again at the start of the second half!
And there goes the half-time whistle! Arsenal have been in fine form tonight as their second string look to prove themselves to boss Arsene Wenger. Right-back Debuchy opened the scoring with a sweet, first-time strike from the corner of the box after Walcott had been felled, arrowing the ball into the far corner. Walcott then got on the scoresheet himself, coolly slotting home after Welbeck’s heavy touch in the box almost wasted the opportunity, before Wilshere smashed home a third after swiveling with his back to goal. It’s 3-0 to Arsenal at half-time, and, with BATE looking all over the place here, the hosts could well run riot after the break.
45+1 minsminute by minute
Arsenal nearly carve out another opportunity before the break, as the ball is played in just behind Wilshere, who would have been through in the box. That looks like the last action of the half.
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GOAL! Arsenal 3-0 BATE
Arsenal make it three! Jack Wilshere gets his first goal for Arsenal in two-and-a-half years. He received a pass from Walcott before shifting on to his left foot and firing across goal.
43 minsminute by minute
GOAL! Wilshere thumps it home for 3-0! He takes the ball in from Walcott with his back to goal, and works some space for himself before turning hammering the ball across goal and into the far corner for Arsenal’s third!
43 minsminute by minute
Walcott played a little one-two with Giroud, before feeding Wilshere and running on. The midfielder had a lot left to do with his back to goal, however, but he did it superbly!
42 minsminute by minute
SAVE! Wilshere is urged to shoot by the crowd, and he duly obliges, curling towards the top corner with his left, but Scherbitski makes an acrobatic save, tipping the ball behind for a corner.
41 minsminute by minute
BLOCK! What a goal-line block! Wilshere squares the ball into the middle from the left, and it’s just behind Giroud but Walcott is there to side-foot the ball into the corner first-time, but the defender gets back to make an incredible sliding clearance!
GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 BATE
Theo Walcott doubles Arsenal’s advantage. A nice run by Danny Welbeck was thwarted by the BATE defence before Walcott picked up on the loose ball and slotted it past the ‘keeper.
37 minsminute by minute
GOAL! Walcott makes it 2-0 to Arsenal, but it very nearly wasn’t! Giroud wins it back on the halfway line and plays it forwad to Welbeck, who cuts inside from the left, but instead of squaring to Walcott, he tries to go it alone and his touch, once again, is heavy, allowing the defender to make a sliding challenge! Fortunately, the ball fell straight to Walcott, who made no mistake in stroking home Arsenal’s second goal of the night. It’s 2-0 to the Gunners!
34 minsminute by minute
Coquelin does well to spot the run of Welbeck and find him with a lovely ball, but the striker’s touch deserts him and he has to make do with winning a throw.