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Theo Walcott Brace Helps Gunners See Off Borisov in Belarus

29 September 2017

It was three soon after as Walcott whipped in a unsafe corner that was flicked on by Per Mertesacker and finished by Rob Holding for his first Arsenal goal.

Arsenal moved to six points and are among six clubs with two wins from their opening games - Swedish surprise package Ostersund in Group J; Steaua Bucharest in Group G; Lazio and Nice in Group K and Zenit St Petersburg in Group L.

Giroud netted a penalty as the Gunners claimed a 4-2 Europa League win in Belarus.

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Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT's Arsenal player ratings... Obviously we're disappointed with the goals we conceded. "He breezes past players, and [manager Arsene] Wenger will know the quality he has". He was caught out of position on a couple of occasions and might have done more to prevent the first goal, but like Nelson, he is not a natural wing-back, and Wenger will be encouraged by his attacking play. This game should never have been allowed to become hard, but when difficulty inevitably came it was Wilshere who kept his head when others - both old and young - were losing theirs. This proved to be a consolation for BATE, as they were well beaten by Arsenal in the end. Several first team players were not on the plane for the trip, including Mesut Ozil, who apparently doesn't need to test his fitness before Brighton on Sunday.

Giroud had a chance to restore Arsenal's three-goal lead once again but his lob on goal landed on the roof of the net.

Holding then bundled in his first Arsenal goal but a superb header by Mirko Ivanic allowed the Belarusian champions to pull one back before the half-hour.

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This led to a nervy last twenty minutes for Arsenal in a match they should have just let tick away. Scherbitski describes himself as an Arsenal supporter, although the way the keeper passed straight to Walcott on the edge of his own area was perhaps taking the allegience a little too far.

"But on the other hand, when you score four goals away from home you're always likely to win games, so we're pleased with that".

On Wilshere's performance, Arsene Wenger said: "He had an outstanding first half". It was a typical Arsenal goal - Wilshere and Olivier Giroud combined on a 1-2 to get Jack to the byline, and he chipped a ideal ball back across the face for Theo.

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As if going down 3-0 was the wakeup call they were waiting for, BATE responded three minutes later.

Albion manager Tony Pulis was furious no penalty was given and his frustration only mounted as Arsenal took the lead in the 20th minute.

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Theo Walcott Brace Helps Gunners See Off Borisov in Belarus