Jack Wilshere says scoring against BATE Borisov came as something of a relief having gone 928 days without a goal for the Gunners.
The England international crashed home a left foot effort on 43 minutes as the Gunners romped to a 6-0 dead-rubber victory in their final game of the group stages of the Europa League.
In addition to an own goal, Wilshere was joined on the scoresheet by Mathieu Debuchy, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Mohamed Elneny as Arsene Wenger’s fringe players enjoyed a fruitful night in attack.
“It’s a bit of a relief [that I scored],” Wilshere told BT Sport after the game. “It’s one of those games – it didn’t mean anything because we had topped the group.
“It’s one of those games you need to be in the right mind – we enjoyed it. We’re happy to go into the next round. All we can do when we get our opportunity is give the manager a headache.”
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Theo Walcott grabbed three assists on top of his goal and was enthused by the chance to get some game time.
“The boss told us to enjoy ourselves,” Walcott told BT Sport. “We played with a lot of freedom. Defensively we were solid. Obviously, it’s nice to get all these goals.
“There is plenty of competition when you play for Arsenal. We are doing our best to give the manager a headache to pick us for the team.
“We were very professional tonight. We will see in time what’s going to happen.”