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Bate Borisov 2-4 Arsenal: 3 talking points

Friday 29th September 2017
With less drama off the pitch and more on it, Arsenal played their second game of the UEFA Europa League group stage, away in Belarus. In a sold out 13,000 arena, the Gunners picked up a 4-2 win over Bate Borisov.

The Belarusian champions only offered a few moments to worry about. Besides that, Arsene Wenger's men were relatively comfortable. Arsenal now have a maximum total of six points from two games and sit comfortably at the top of Group H.
Here are 3 talking points from Arsenal's 4-2 win over Bate Borisov

Arsene Wenger goes with youth

If you thought Arsene Wenger was taking the Europa League seriously this season, think again. The Frenchman literally treated this game with the same respect he gave the Carabao Cup last week. The boss made nine changes from the team that played on Monday night against West Brom, with only Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny keeping their places. However, even with all those changes and abundance of youth, Wenger still kept his 3-4-3 system.

The average age of Arsenal's bench Thursday night was 19.1; one of the youngest tallies in the club's history. Wenger has always been one to push youth in at the deep end, but against Bate Borisov, it paid off perfectly. The highlight of the night came when 19-year old Marcus McGuane came on for 17-year old Reiss Nelson in the 79th minute. The youngster has been at the club since the age of 6 and risen up through the academy.

Jack Wilshere back to his best?

It may not have been against the mighty Barcelona, who he once ripped apart, but Jack Wilshere once again demonstrated why there's so much hype around his name. The Englishman acted as the link between midfield and attack, regularly combining with Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud. Wilshere dominated the final third and was at the centre of everything for the Gunners.
The 25-year old maintained an astonishing 92% pass accuracy, completed two successful take-ons, created two chances and one assist. He was everywhere and his silky touches perfectly complimented his teammates. Wilshere has now played a full 90 minutes in his last two starts for Arsenal; this is the first time that's happened since September 2014.

Olivier Giroud the Centurion!

In typical Olivier Giroud fashion, the Frenchman managed to have a stinker of a game whilst positively contributing to it. His touches were off, his movement was jaded and his shots were wayward. However, Giroud still managed to go down in the history books, as he became the 19th player in the club's history to score 100 goals. In 238 appearances for the Gunners, the French striker has scored 100 times - a feat we cannot simply just sweep under the carpet.

Giroud now joins the list of epic strikers to have scored 100+ goals for Arsenal, including Thierry Henry, Ian Wright, and Dennis Bergkamp. That's an exclusive club to be a part of.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 

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