Arsenal defeat BATE Borisov in the Europa League

Arsenal has reached their second win in two Europa League games in the Group H, after beating BATE Borisov by a 2-4 score on 28th of September.

Theo Walcott opened the score in the 9th minute from a close range, after his first attempt was saved by the home keeper. After Bate’s Mirko Ivanic’s two missed efforts, Walcott scored the second goal, firing into the bottom left corner in the 22nd minute. It was a confusing goal, as Walcott managed to score due to the direct pass of Bate’s keeper, Denis Scherbitski, which was most likely an accidental mistake.

Just three minutes afterwards, Rob Holding netted the third one assisted by Per Mertesacker, after Walcott fired from a corner.

As it stood 3-0, it was the right momentum for Bate to launch one back from Ivanic’s 10-yard shot in the 28th minute.

After the break, Arsenal scored the fourth goal when Oliver Giroud stepped to convert the penalty, which was caused by Vitali Gayduchik’s challenge on Shkodran Mustafi. It was a sudden and controversial decision, as it didn’t seem that Mustafi was affected much, but still, Giroud launched his 100th goal for the Gunners with this occasion, becoming the second player after Walcott to reach this number.

Arsenal got the win indeed, but it could be alarming for Wenger as in the second half the team seemed to be too convinced of the victory, making them suffer some though attacks. Bate managed to pull another one back in the 67th minute from Mikhail Gordeychuk’s header.

Arsenal stays on the top of the Group H with Belgrade’s Crvena Zvezda behind and Bate altogether with Cologne following the bottom two positions.

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