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Arsenal 6 BATE 0 Wilshere ends goal wait as Wenger's men romp

Arsenal 6 BATE 0 Wilshere ends goal wait as Wenger's men romp

When Arsenal and BATE met for their first clash of the 2017-18 Europa League group stage, the Premier League outfit prevailed 4-2 at the Borisov Arena.

Wenger said when asked if our winning the group would affect his team selection, and he replied: "Not too much, because I have many players available who need competition".

I am sure that he will give a couple of youngsters like Nelson, Nketiah or Willock a chance to play if given the chance, but I am hoping for some impressive performances from our reserves to prove they deserve promotion for our League games, but after our last few underwhelming Europa League displays I won't be holding my breath....

However it is expected Wenger will ring the changes from the team which valiantly lost to United at the Emirates on Saturday with Jack Wilshere expected to start.

"I think the main priority [for Arsenal] is to get back into Champions League ... they need to get back into the big time", the former Arsenal defender told ESPN.

Wenger also refused to be drawn into a war of words with bitter foe Mourinho after the Portuguese boss was duped into believing Alexandre Lacazette was not fit to play.

The Gunners now sit in fifth position in the Premier League table, one point off fourth-placed Liverpool but a massive 15 points adrift of leaders Manchester City. "That's part of football".

For the Belarusians, they still have a chance to nick a place in the round of 32.

They have a poor record away from home in European competition having won just two of their last 24 matches on the road.

David de Gea, in particular, was scintillating in the opposition end, and Wenger will want a strong response from whichever team he sets up to face BATE in the final Europa League group game.

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