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Mohamed Elneny
J. Wilshere
6 - 0
O. Giroud
Penalty Goal
5 - 0
D. Polyakov
Own Goal
4 - 0
J. Wilshere
T. Walcott
3 - 0
T. Walcott
2 - 0

Match Stats

70% 29%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 11 2
Total Passes 714 292
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Arsenal ARS Arsenal 6 4 1 1 14 4 +10 13 W L D W W
2 Crvena Zvezda CZV Crvena Zvezda 6 2 3 1 3 2 +1 9 W D D L W
3 Köln KOE Köln 6 2 0 4 7 8 -1 6 L W W L L
4 BATE BAT BATE 6 1 2 3 6 16 -10 5 L D L W L


16th Finals


And there's the full-time whistle! Arsenal's second string run out as comfortable 6-0 winners over BATE, and thoroughly deserved their big win, dominating the match from start to finish. Debuchy's sweet strike opened the scoring, before Walcott tapped in a second and Wilshere smashed in a third before half-time. Things continued in the same vein in the second half, as Walcott's low cross forced a bizarre own goal from Polyakov, before a Giroud penalty that had to be retaken and a lovely Elneny curler put the icing on the cake for the Gunners. BATE finish bottom of the group and exit the Europa League at the group stage.
90' + 2' CHANCE! Nketiah breaks with pace down the left, before feeding Wilshere in the middle, who finds Giroud via Willock, but the striker's shot is blocked. That should just about wrap things up.
90' + 1' SAVE! Ospina preseves Arsenal's clean sheet as he parries a very firm strike away, before the offside flag is raised from the rebound.
90' BATE try and break to get a consolation, but the shot is dug out from under the striker's feet and goes well over. The Belarusian side look dead on their feet. They're exhausted.
88' Debuchy battles well to make the most of a slightly under-hit pass by Nelson, but he and Wilshere get in each other's way as they miscommunicate and the attack breaks down.
86' MISS! Berezkin has a shot from the edge of the box that has Ospina stretching, but it just flies wide of the goal. 
85' Nketiah surges down the left and is just muscled out by his man, before Wilshere tries to spark another attack with some quick feet and is felled, but no foul is given! 
84' Giroud is found in behind after a dinked ball from Holding, but it was just delayed a touch and the striker is offside.
81' Wilshere is found in acres and acres of space, but opts to pick out Nelson on the far side. The youngster is quickly closed down, and his shot comes back off a defender.
E. Nketiah
D. Welbeck
77' And Welbeck - who hasn't had the best night - also makes way for exciting young striker Nketiah.
J. Willock
Mohamed Elneny
76' Goalscorer Elneny is replaced by Willock in the centre of midfield as Wenger continues to give the youth a chance.
E. Yablonskiy
M. Ivanić
76' Ivanić makes way for Yablonski in the thrid and final change for the visitors.
J. Wilshere
74' It was a neat pass from Wilshere, and his team-mate used the pace on the ball to great effect, and it was a marvellous finish from the Egyptian!
Mohamed Elneny
74' GOAL! What a lovely finish from Elneny! That certainly makes up for his earlier effort! Wilshere jinks on the edge of the box before rolling it out to Elneny, and the midfielder hits it first-time, curling a lovely effort just inside the far corner! Arsenal are 6-0 up now!
73' SAVE! Ospina comes off his line quickly after Maitland-Niles is robbed of the ball, allowing the ball to be played in behind the defence, but the goalkeeper's intervention was timely.
R. Nelson
T. Walcott
71' Walcott - captain for the night - is replaced by young midfielder Nelson in a like-for-like change for the last 20 minutes. 
70' Elneny had a pot-shot from distance, but it's an awful effort, shanked well wide with no real power behind it. 
J. Tuominen
I. Stasevich
69' BATE's top scorer Stasevich is replaced by Tuominen. He's had a quiet night tonight, as have most of his side's forward-thinking players.
68' SAVE! Ospina has to be on his toes again as a shot is thumped into his midriff, but the Colombian shot-stopper hangs on well once more.
67' Ospina holds onto a rare shot on his goal, and tries to set his team on the front foot straight away with a quick throw out to Welbeck, but he can't get through.
O. Giroud
Penalty Goal
64' And this time it counts! It's not quite as sweet as his first effort into the top right, and Scherbitski gets his hands to it, but the Frenchman's effort squeezes inside the post to make it 5-0 to Arsenal!
63' And Giroud scores into the top right, but has to take it again! It's possibly for encroachment, but the Frenchman has to have another go.
62' PENALTY! Walcott is barged over in the box after getting to the ball ahead of Milunovic and it's a clear penalty. 
61' Giroud is desperate to get his name on the scoresheet, as he checks back onto his left foot from the right hand side, but he's leaning back as he takes his shot and it's miles over the bar. 
59' Wilshere shows wonderful feet to glide past several defenders and play the ball into Welbeck on the left. He does well to keep it in play, but he can't make anything of it.
58' CHANCE! Welbeck pops up on the right and cuts inside before blasting the ball at goal, but Scherbitski stands firm and repels the strike with two firm hands.
N. Signevich
V. Rodionov
56' Rodionov goes off for Signevich as BATE try and freshen things up.
55' Giroud wins the ball back with his strength and shoots on the turn, but it's a speculative effort and the Frenchman is lucky to see the ball deflect out for a corner - it was never going to trouble the keeper.
D. Polyakov
Own Goal
51' GOAL! It's a bewlidering own-goal from Polyakov, as Arsenal carve BATE open again with relative ease. Wilshere plays a neat ball inside the full-back for Walcott, who races down the right and crosses low towards Welbeck, but Polyakov inexplicably smashes the ball past his goalkeeper from the centre of the six-yard box! That makes it 4-0!
48' Rios goes in heavy on Wilshere in frustration as Arsenal keep the ball for a spell. Arsenal fans collectively wince at the sight of the Englishman going down under a heavy challenge, and will no doubt be relieved to see him get back to his feet and dust himself down.
46' Arsenal get the ball rolling again at the start of the second half!
And there goes the half-time whistle! Arsenal have been in fine form tonight as their second string look to prove themselves to boss Arsene Wenger. Right-back Debuchy opened the scoring with a sweet, first-time strike from the corner of the box after Walcott had been felled, arrowing the ball into the far corner. Walcott then got on the scoresheet himself, coolly slotting home after Welbeck's heavy touch in the box almost wasted the opportunity, before Wilshere smashed home a third after swiveling with his back to goal. It's 3-0 to Arsenal at half-time, and, with BATE looking all over the place here, the hosts could well run riot after the break. 
45' + 1' Arsenal nearly carve out another opportunity before the break, as the ball is played in just behind Wilshere, who would have been through in the box. That looks like the last action of the half. 
T. Walcott
43' Walcott played a little one-two with Giroud, before feeding Wilshere and running on. The midfielder had a lot left to do with his back to goal, however, but he did it superbly!
J. Wilshere
43' GOAL! Wilshere thumps it home for 3-0! He takes the ball in from Walcott with his back to goal, and works some space for himself before turning hammering the ball across goal and into the far corner for Arsenal's third!
42' SAVE! Wilshere is urged to shoot by the crowd, and he duly obliges, curling towards the top corner with his left, but Scherbitski makes an acrobatic save, tipping the ball behind for a corner.
41' BLOCK! What a goal-line block! Wilshere squares the ball into the middle from the left, and it's just behind Giroud but Walcott is there to side-foot the ball into the corner first-time, but the defender gets back to make an incredible sliding clearance!
T. Walcott
37' GOAL! Walcott makes it 2-0 to Arsenal, but it very nearly wasn't! Giroud wins it back on the halfway line and plays it forward to Welbeck, who cuts inside from the left, but instead of squaring to Walcott, he tries to go it alone and his touch, once again, is heavy, allowing the defender to make a sliding challenge! Fortunately, the ball fell straight to Walcott, who made no mistake in stroking home Arsenal's second goal of the night. It's 2-0 to the Gunners!
34' Coquelin does well to spot the run of Welbeck and find him with a lovely ball, but the striker's touch deserts him and he has to make do with winning a throw.
30' Another good attack form Arsenal just breaks down, as Welbeck twists and turns on the left, before laying Elneny off, but the Egyptian is unaware of the man on his back and is robbed on his first touch.
28' Arsenal break well, with Wilshere playing Walcott in, before Coquelin swings it out tot he far post, but it's too high for Giroud to do anything other than head it up into the air, and the keeper catches comfortably. Wilshere stays down in the box holding his face, but there's nothing doing and he eventually gets back to his feet.
27' MISS! Wilshere wins a free-kick on the edge of the box, and Walcott tries to catch the keeper out, going low to his side, but it's just wide of the post!
26' SAVE! Scherbitsky is in fine form tonight! Giroud knocks the ball down for Walcott inside the six-yard box, and the Englishman's strike into the ground looks like it has to beat the keeper, but he saves with his foot spectacularly!
25' SAVE! Wilshere whips another excellent ball in, this time towards Giroud in the box, but the goalkeeper has to be alert to save as it comes off of the head of one of his own defenders!
22' SAVE! What a chance for Welbeck, and he surely has to score there! Wilshere plays him through on the left with a wonderful, first-time, volleyed pass, and the forward finds himself one-on-one with the keeper, who has come charging right out of his box to meet him! Welbeck's effort on goal is poor, however, shooting straight at the keeper rather than going over or around him. That should be 2-0. 
19' Maitland-Niles and Giroud combine to send Welbeck bursting between two BATE defenders, and he goes down in the box, but his appeals are more hopeful than expectant. It was a stumble more so than anything else. 
M. Volodko
Yellow Card
17' Volodko goes in very late on Debuchy, and the left-back deservedly goes into the book.
16' Arsenal are showing some nice touches and interplay, but it's members of the back line who are impressing as much as anyone. Maitland-Niles has looked energetic down the left, while Chambers' distribution from the back has been excellent, and it was his ball into Walcott that created the chance for Debuchy to score.
13' CHANCE! Maitland-Niles swings a cross into the box, and Giroud manages to get on the end of it, but his header is deflected up and over for a corner kick.
M. Debuchy
11' GOAL! What a hit from Debuchy!! The Gunners open the scoring through the unlikeliest of sources as the right-back hits the ball first time after Walcott was felled into the box, and he rifles the sweetest of strikes straight into the far corner, giving Scherbitski no chance in the BATE goal! It's 1-0 to Arsenal!
9' The referee stops play as Milunovic goes down after taking a fierce Walcott half-volley bravely to the face. He gets up a little groggily, but looks okay to continue.
8' Wilshere produces a slaloming from deep in midfield, beating several yellow shirts before threading the ball through to Walcott, but the wide-man had strayed offside.
6' Maitland-Niles is robbed as he tries to advance with the ball, but Coquelin gets back well to make a challenge on the edge of his own box and Holding clears well.
3' POST! Some lovely interplay down the right for Arsenal results in Elneny firing a left-footed effort off the base of the near post and out! Debuchy's forward ball was flicked on to Giroud by Walcott, and the Frenchman's knockdown fell invitingly for Elneny to strike, but he just couldn't quite squeeze it inside the post! 
2' BATE push forward early on, and see a couple of shots blocked, before Ospina picks up the pieces. They need a win here and they're certainly going to have a go at Arsenal tonight.
1' And BATE get us underway at the Emirates!
Despite the fact that this game is a dead-rubber for Arsenal, while BATE have everything to play for, many of these Arsenal players are playing for their places in the starting XI of the first team. The likes of Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere all need good performances tonight in order to convince Wenger to reinstate them in the starting line-ups for Premier League matches. 
The visitors also have an unlikely danger man in the form of full-back Aleksey Rios, who has provided three assists in the Europa League this season; only Raphael Holzhauser (4) and Sergio Canales (5) have more.
The Belarusian side have won just two of their last 24 European away games (D7 L15), and have kept just two clean sheets in their last 26, shipping five goals at FC Koln last time out. However, both of those away victories have come in their last five fixtures. 
BATE - despite starting the night bottom of the group, are just a point off second spot, and can qualify with a win at the Emirates if the game between the other two sides finishes level.
The Gunners are unbeaten at home in their last seven European group stage games (W5 D2), conceding just three goals in that time and scoring 18.  They will certainly feel confident on home soil after beating BATE Borisov 4-2 away in the reverse fixture - the first ever competitive meeting between the two sides. 
Arsenal have already secured top spot in their group, but have failed to score in their last two Europa League games, and will look to return to goal-scoring form having never gone three consecutive European matches without finding the net. They become just the second English side to finish top of their group in their debut season in the competition after Manchester City in 2010/11.
However, there is just one change from the side that lost 1-0 against Koln last time out, as Per Mertesacker is replaced by Theo Walcott - facilitating the shift in formation. BATE also make just the one change, as defender Jurica Buljat makes way for midfielder Evgeni Berezkin.
Arsenal stick with their reversion to a 4-2-3-1 tonight - Arsene Wenger opted to return to a back four after losing Shkodran Mustafi to injury early on in the loss against Manchester United, bringing on Alex Iwobi in his place. They make wholesale changes from the Premier League game, as has been the policy so far in the Europa League. 
BATE substitutes: Yablonski, Buljat, Signevich, Tuominen, Baga, Chichkan, Gvilia
BATE XI (4-2-3-1): Scherbitski; Volodko, Milunovic, Polyakov, Rios; Dragun, Berezkin; Stasevich, Ivanic, Gordeychuk; Rodionov
Arsenal substitutes: Reine-Adelaide, Akpom, Macey, Nelson, Nketiah, Sheaf, Willock
Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Maitland-Niles, Holding, Chambers, Debuchy; Coquelin, Elneny; Welbeck, Wilshere, Walcott; Giroud
The line-ups have been announced, and we'll start with the home side.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Europa League group stage fixture between Arsenal and BATE at the Emirates Stadium.