Wilshere and Debuchy on target as Gunners hammer Bate Borisov

Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere has made four substitute appearances for Arsenal in the Premier League this season

Jack Wilshere scored his first goal since May 2015 as Arsenal wrapped up their Europa League Group H campaign with a comfortable win over Bate Borisov.

The Gunners had already secured top spot in the penultimate round of matches and went ahead with an angled finish from defender Mathieu Debuchy.

Theo Walcott added Arsenal’s second when the forward finished from close-range after Danny Welbeck’s heavy touch.

Midfielder Wilshere then scored a fine goal after he cut on to his left foot inside the penalty area and arrowed the ball into the net.

Bate defender Denis Polyakov put Walcott’s low cross into his own net after half-time before striker Olivier Giround converted from the penalty spot following Nemanja Milunovic’s trip on Walcott.

Mohamed Elneny added a sixth with a curling effort after being set up by Wilshere.

In the wake of Arsenal’s 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United, this fixture represented a chance for some of Arsenal’s fringe players to impress.

Manager Arsene Wenger made 11 changes from the side that lost to United in the Premier League, although the starting line-up still boasted plenty of experience.

Bate had a chance of qualifying for the knockout phase of the competition but did not present much of a test for the Gunners who did not have to exert themselves to secure a routine victory.

In truth the margin of victory probably should have been even greater given Arsenal managed 22 shots on goal.

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It was the first time Wilshere had found the net in an Arsenal shirt since the Gunners’ 4-1 home win over West Brom – a gap of 928 days.

Wenger said after Arsenal had beaten Bate 4-2 on 28 September that the 25-year-old was “on his way back to his best”.

Given Wilshere has only managed four appearances in the Premier League from the bench since then the Frenchman’s words might have proved a little premature.

Wilshere, who received a ticking off from Wenger for going ice-skating with his family this week, certainly played some eye-catching passes and clever touches.

But given the strength of the team from Belarus – Wilshere had the freedom of the Emirates at times – it may be best to reserve judgement.

Walcott’s performance was also bright and in addition to his goal saw a close-range effort saved, curled a free-kick past and had a shot cleared off the line.

However, Welbeck looked short of match fitness and struggled to make much of an impact.

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Match ends, Arsenal 6, BATE Borisov 0.

Second Half ends, Arsenal 6, BATE Borisov 0.

Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Reiss Nelson.

Attempt blocked. Maksim Volodko (BATE Borisov) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nikolai Signevich.

Offside, BATE Borisov. Mikhail Gordeychuk tries a through ball, but Maksim Volodko is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Mikhail Gordeychuk (BATE Borisov) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

Evgeni Berezkin (BATE Borisov) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Maksim Volodko (BATE Borisov) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jasse Tuominen.

Attempt missed. Evgeni Berezkin (BATE Borisov) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stanislav Dragun.

Offside, Arsenal. Calum Chambers tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Evgeni Berezkin (BATE Borisov) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jasse Tuominen.

Attempt blocked. Reiss Nelson (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Wilshere.

Corner, BATE Borisov. Conceded by Rob Holding.

Foul by Joe Willock (Arsenal).

Nemanja Milunovic (BATE Borisov) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aleksey Rios (BATE Borisov).

Substitution, Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah replaces Danny Welbeck.

Substitution, Arsenal. Joe Willock replaces Mohamed Elneny.

Substitution, BATE Borisov. Evgeni Yablonski replaces Mirko Ivanic because of an injury.

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stanislav Dragun (BATE Borisov).

Goal! Arsenal 6, BATE Borisov 0. Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Wilshere.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Nemanja Milunovic.

Substitution, Arsenal. Reiss Nelson replaces Theo Walcott.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

Attempt missed. Mikhail Gordeychuk (BATE Borisov) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mirko Ivanic.

Substitution, BATE Borisov. Jasse Tuominen replaces Igor Stasevich.

Attempt saved. Igor Stasevich (BATE Borisov) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nikolai Signevich.

Attempt blocked. Mikhail Gordeychuk (BATE Borisov) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Stanislav Dragun (BATE Borisov) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Igor Stasevich.

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

Denis Polyakov (BATE Borisov) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal! Arsenal 5, BATE Borisov 0. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Arsenal. Theo Walcott draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Nemanja Milunovic (BATE Borisov) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Theo Walcott.

Foul by Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal).

Evgeni Berezkin (BATE Borisov) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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