Arsene Wenger says Arsenal’s second string demonstrated ‘remarkable spirit’ as they rounded off their Europa League group stage campaign with a ‘stylish’ 6-0 victory against a very poor BATE Borisov.
Mathieu Debuchy set the tone for the evening with an early rasping drive before Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere put the Gunners firmly in charge after the break. An own goal, a penalty by Olivier Giroud and a beautifully curled effort by Mohamed Elneny rounded off the action.
“It was done in a stylish way and in a technically high-quality game from our side,” Wenger told his post-game press conference.
“You can say the opponent was not exactly the level of the Premier League and I would agree with you.
“But you can only do your job and that’s what we did in a convincing way and with a remarkable spirit. We finished the job well in this group stage.”
The only downside on an enjoyable evening of football was the attendance, which is likely to be confirmed as the lowest ever for a first team game at the Emirates.
Given there was nothing at stake on the night and squad rotation was inevitable, the boss stressed that he was not concerned by the huge no-show.
“You respect the decision of your fans. They knew we were top of the group anyway. You could basically expect that.
“Look around at the Champions League last night in game number six. I’ve seen many grounds that were not full and were half empty. That’s a bit the problem of the group stage.”