BATE 2 Arsenal 4: Giroud joins 100 club in Europa League stroll

BATE 2 Arsenal 4: Giroud joins 100 club in Europa League stroll

It wasn't the best played, but man was it fun to watch. "I can't be too selfish".

A good if not solid performance from Arsenal but the three points is all that matters.

Stronger sides will provide tougher tests in the knockout stages, with the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid potentially facing third-place finishes in their Champions League groups to add to the threats posed by the likes of AC Milan.

Theo Walcott had a great chance early on as he was put in by Jack Wilshere but could his effort with the outside of his right-foot came back off against the upright.

Arsenal will look to continue their winning start to the Europa League campaign with a trip to Belarus to face BATE Borisov tonight.

BATE goalkeeper Denis Scherbitski blundered in the 22nd when his clearance found Walcott at the edge of the area to score his second with a low shot. The keeper received the ball and gave it straight to Theo Walcott when he was trying to play it out from the back.

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Add to that the Ford Field attendance of 63,240 and that's a little more than 1.7 million who had their eyes on the Lions . Trailing by four points, Stafford drove Detroit to the 1-yard-line with 12 seconds to play.

Most of that is of course down to injury and Wilshere looked certain to move on from Arsenal past year when he joined Bournemouth on loan.

It was 3-0 within 25 minutes as Holding got his first Arsenal goal, turning into the net from close range after Walcott's corner was glanced on by Per Mertesacker. Per Mertesacker won the initial header off a corner and the ball bounced the Holding who shinned/kneed/thighed it in.

"Even if they only get 20 minutes, you have to convince people you have the qualities to do it and the courage to play and show your qualities". But Arsenal's back line time and again offered encouragement and chances to their hosts, who twice reduced the deficit to within two goals and could have snatched an unlikely draw.

The Nice-Vitesse match was suspended in the second half for more than 15 minutes due to floodlight failure. Stanislav Dragun tugged back Shkodran Mustafi in the box and referee Daniel Stefanski pointed to the spot, allowing Giroud to sweep home his 100th goal for the club in confident style. His century of Arsenal goals was taken cooly.

They were already 2-0 up by then with their second goal on the stroke of halftime from forward Allan Saint-Maximin, who picked off a stray pass in his own half and burst downfield to score. Ospina maybe should have done better on the initial header, but it wasn't wholly his fault.

Rob Holding and Olivier Giroud also got their names on the scoresheet, with the latter's goal marking his 100th for Arsenal.