Walcott double guides visitors to nervy Europa League win

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The opener came just two minutes later after a one-two between Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere provided the space for a cross which Walcott simply couldn't miss. 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 England global pounced to poke Arsenal ahead inside 10 minutes, and doubled their advantage by drilling into the bottom corner after a defensive mistake from the hosts midway through the first half.

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Nearly immediately after that in the ninth minute, Wilshere played a one-two with Giroud to beat three defenders and then square a cross towards Walcott, who after watching Denis Scherbitski save his header, routinely finished the rebound.

Firstly, Walcott was denied a hat-trick by a stunning stop from Scherbitskiy from just eight yards out, before Holding sliced a volley against the post from inside the six-yard box.

And reflecting on Wilshere's overall performance for the Gunners, Hartson added: "He's been outstanding".

BATE keeper Scherbitski's awkward pass found it's way to Walcott, who finished easily.




From nowhere, though, Borisov's Ivanic met an accurate cross to pull a goal back for the hosts, who had been out-classed prior to their rare but successful forage forward.

Arsene Wenger said the Europa League would act as a chance to give his fringe players and youngsters more game time and he certainly meant it.

"People in my position were doing better than me in that aspect of the game, which is to eventually win games, and that's something I had to work on".

Arsenal continued to dominate after the break and made it four after incredibly soft penalty award.

Zenit St Petersburg won the big game in Group L against Real Sociedad and opened up a three-point lead at the top of the table with a 3-1 victory in Russian Federation.

Mikhail Gordeichuk made it 4-2 in the 67th minute when he blasted a close-range shot past Ospina and Aleksandr Volodko wasted a glorious opportunity to make it a more nervous final few minutes for Arsenal when he fired wide.

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