Walcott Double As Arsenal Win At BATE Borisov

Hope Soto
September 30, 2017

Walcott scored twice in the first quarter and when Rob Holding made it 3-0 on 25 minutes it was effectively game over.

Nikolay Signevich - 6/10 - Signevich come on early in the second half for striker Gusev, and made more of an impact than his team-mate. The fact that some view it as beneath a club like Arsenal alleviates some of the pressure, but with that also comes a kind of freedom.

Arsene Wenger has now won a Premier League game against 44 different teams - level with Sir Alex Ferguson. The cross came in from their right wing and Mirko Ivanić was on hand to score a wonderful header.

BATE goalkeeper Denis Scherbitski blundered in the 22nd when his clearance found Walcott at the edge of the area to score his second with a low shot.

Three minutes later and the Gunners had a third, with Holding diverting Per Mertesacker's header into the net from a corner, but the home side hit back nearly immediately as Ivanic powered Aleksey Rios' cross beyond Ospina at the near post. But, early in the second half, a dubious penalty was awarded to Arsenal, and converted by Giroud, putting the game nearly out of sight. Here is a look at how Arsenal fans reacted to his display.

"He had an outstanding first half and he fought until the end".

The Nice-Vitesse match was suspended in the second half for more than 15 minutes due to floodlight failure.

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The Seagulls have already lost at Leicester and Bournemouth, their only point on the road coming in a 0-0 draw at Watford.

"I'm taking each game as it comes".

The other game in Group H saw Red Star Belgrade win 1-0 at Cologne thanks to a solitary strike by Richmond Boakye.

Patrick Cutrone scored the match-winner deep into stoppage time for Milan against Rijeka.

The Gunners were in complete control, with Wilshere seeing a second goal disallowed for offside, although Ivancic had David Ospina anxious with a half-volley that bounced just wide.

This is the first league meeting between the sides since February 1983 - Arsenal won 3-1 at Highbury with goals from Graham Rix and a brace from Raphael Meade. Apollon looked buried when Valentin Roberge was sent off for a stamp in the 86th minute.

Vital Hayduchyk - 4/10 - The combinations between Walcott and Wilshere will be giving the centre back nightmares for weeks as he struggled to deal with the two Englishman's quick and intricate play.

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