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Arsenal squad rotation will continue - Wenger

30 September 2017

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud grabbed his 100th goal for the club and Theo Walcott chimed in with a double as they won 4-2 at Bate Borisov on Thursday to extend their ideal Europa League start.

Brighton have only beaten Arsenal twice in 16 attempts, with their last victory coming in 1982, and they have never won at the Gunners.

Denis Shcherbitski - 4/10 - He made a very good save initially before Walcott tapped in for the first goal and also made a fantastic fingertip save to deny Walcott his hat-trick just before half-time. Like Wilshere, consistency is the key for him.

"22" - GOAL! BATE 0-2 Arsenal. The keeper was under no pressure, it looked like he couldn't decide whether to play the ball long or pass it short. But I am back, in training, back in the squad, playing these types of games.

A first half penalty from Iraqi worldwide Brwa Nouri handed Ostersund a gutsy 1-0 home win over Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin as they continued a fairytale first campaign in Europe two years after being promoted to the Swedish top flight.

Bate Borisov 2-4 Arsenal – All The Goals And Best Bits Posted by Daniel Jenkins
Bate Borisov 2-4 Arsenal – All The Goals And Best Bits Posted by Daniel Jenkins

It was a substantial fall from grace for a player once hailed as "the future of English football" by Barcelona hero Xavi after breaking into the Arsenal team as a teenager. You forget, last year I was at Bournemouth, the year before that I was injured, so it has been a while since I felt like a proper Arsenal player.

Maitland-Niles - 6.5. Got up and down the left, but isn't a left sided player and it shows. Walcott scores - Wilshere plays a one-two into the box off Giroud, and he clips in a cross from the left for Walcott to head in from a few yards out. I can't be too selfish'. I'm taking each game as it comes.

Winger Nikola Vlasic, 19, came off the bench and slotted into the corner midway through the second half to score his first Everton goal.

Giroud's penalty restored Arsenal's three-goal advantage and they saw out an important win that keeps them top of Group H, despite Mikhail Gordeychuk setting up something of an anxious last 20 minutes. However, it should be noted that, with the exception of the fight against Chelsea, Arsenal have conducted all of the matches listed on the home arena.

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Arsenal squad rotation will continue - Wenger