Rejuvenated Wilshere eyes extension to expiring Arsenal contract

Kristopher Nichols
September 30, 2017

Not least because the schedule demands it. Arsenal's upcoming Premier League game against Brighton on Sunday comes fewer than 72 hours after their 4-2 win over BATE Borisov in Belarus on Thursday night, meaning the Arsenal manager has to use the full depth of his squad.

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 flawless Europa League start.

BATE pulled one back three minutes later through Mirko Ivanic, who headed home Aleksey Rios' pacey cross.

Arsene Wenger's side have beaten Bournemouth and West Brom in two of their last three Premier League games to hoist themselves up to seventh place in the table.

Reiss Nelson, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott all seized their opportunity and one man brought up a very significant milestone. Soon after, a bad misplaced pass from Bate goalkeeper Denis Scherbitski allowed Walcott to double the lead. Poor finishing and couple of good saves from David Ospina ensured the score remained unchanged at the final whistle.

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Arsenal continued to dominate after the break and made it four after incredibly soft penalty award.

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Olivier Giroud stepped up for the spot-kick and dispatched it, scoring his 100th Arsenal goal.

However, a minute later, the same duo combined again to contribute the opening goal, with Wilshere's cross being finished off by Walcott from close range at the second attempt.

The visitors were suddenly wracked by anxiety, and the hosts could have made it 4-3 when Aleksandr Volodko's side-foot effort from a cut-back skewed inches wide of the target.

Arsenal's next goal was simply handed to them on a plate.

The Belarusian side are no slouches and they've beaten the likes of Athletic Bilbao, Bayern Munich and Roma in recent seasons, but for the most part the Gunners were utterly dominant.

Next up, Arsenal travel to Crvena Zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) in three weeks time after the global break.

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