Theo Walcott trying to single-handedly revive his career

Theo Walcott trying to single-handedly revive his career

Theo Walcott trying to single-handedly revive his career

Olivier Giroud regained the three-goal cushion with a penalty after half-time, but Mikhail Gordeichuk made it 4-2 with just over 20 minutes remaining from six yards.

He also urged their hosts' supporters to avoid a repeat of the racist abuse that has previously undermined European fixtures, and revealed plans to meet Belarusian former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb, who started his career at BATE.

Giroud becomes the 19th Gunners player to reach 100 goals and is their 12th-fastest to reach the mark after netting in his 237th appearance.

Steve Bould, who was sitting alongside Wenger in the Borisov Arena, would have recognised the make-up of the game from his own days playing reserve-team football in the old Central League. However, they were unable to convert the confidence into goals, as Arsenal comfortably saw out the game at 4-2. Richmond Boakye's 30th-minute goal carried the visitors across the finish line, putting them two points behind Arsenal in second.

Wilshere was flawless in the first-half, helping Arsenal to a 3-1 lead the break.

But the hosts were low on quality and Arsenal held on to run out comfortable winners.

Felipe Caicedo scored the decisive goal in the 18th minute, while Ciro Immobile added insurance at the death.

He made a couple of errors but Bate didn't press forward enough to really threaten the Arsenal backline. I am not looking too far ahead.

Per Mertesacker didn't have a great deal to do in the first-half but looked a little fragile at times in the second.

Arsenal's next goal was simply handed to them on a plate. BATE, FC Koln and Red Star Belgrade are by no means mammoth opponents but they are just what Wenger needs at this stage - team's that his second string can easily match up with.

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

Rob Holding probably had more touches in Bate's penalty area than his own.

Nelson 8 - Impressive especially considering his age. I have played several positions in it - left wing-back, left off the forward, central midfield.

Theo Walcott had a great chance early on as he was put in by Jack Wilshere but could his effort with the outside of his right-foot came back off against the upright. "He has shown again tonight that he has not lost his football".

However, Wilshere looked close to his best in the away success in Belarus, and the long-serving Gunners player has admitted that he is feeling positive about his current form and fitness.

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