Last Updated: 07/12/17 11:18pm
Jack Wilshere applauds Arsenal’s fans after the 6-0 Europa League win over BATE Borisov
Arsene Wenger hailed a “stylish” win as his Arsenal side hammered BATE Borisov with Jack Wilshere impressing in midfield.
Arsenal were already assured of their place in Monday’s round-of-32 draw after securing top spot in Group H ahead of an impressive 6-0 win over the Belarusian champions in front of a sparse Emirates Stadium crowd.
Mathieu Debuchy, Theo Walcott, Wilshere and Mohamed Elneny all got on the scoresheet while Denis Polyakov scored an own goal and Olivier Giroud converted a penalty.
Arsene Wenger was pleased with Wilshere’s showing
Wilshere will be hoping to have given Wenger a selection headache, and his manager says he was impressed with the England midfielder.
“Jack is moving forward,” he said.
“You could see tonight that he is ready now to play. He is sharp. He is quick. He is incisive with his dribble. Technically he was very good tonight. I would say for 70 minutes of the game he was dominant in midfield on the creative side and that’s very good news for us.”
Wilshere scored his first Arsenal goal since May 2015 against BATE
Arsenal, who could draw the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Napoli or Celtic in the draw for the knockout stages, were comfortable throughout as less than 30,000 fans watched on – a record low for the Emirates.
Wenger was pleased and felt his players delivered it in style.
“I believe that it was done in a stylish way and in a technically-high quality game from our side,” he said.
“You can say the opponent was not at the level of the Premier League and I would agree with you but you can only do your job and that’s what we did, in a convincing way with remarkable spirit and finished well the job in this group stage.”