Former England duo of Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott defiantly gave Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger something to think about as they guided the Gunners to a 6-0 win over Bate Borisov in their final Europa League group game last night.
With either of them yet to start a Premier League game this season, the pair were in top form last night as they continued their unbeaten European run to cruise through as Group Leaders and set a marker out to the other clubs as they now enter the knock out stages.
The Gunners didn’t take long to open the scoring at the Emirates, with defender Mathieu Debuchy’s angled shot finding the net in the 11th minute, before Walcott doubled the lead from close ranch mid-way through the half!
Wilshere effectively ensured the game was effectively over minutes before the break making it 3-0 with a superb solo effort that gave him his first goal for the club since May 2015.
The second half started as the first finished, this time Borisov defender Denis Polyakov deflecting Walcott’s shot into his own net, before another Walcott attack saw him brought down in the area by Nemanja Milunovics and French man Olivier Giroud made it 5-0 from the spot.
Finally, as the minutes ticked by some more good work from Wilshere found Mohamed Elneny in space, who neatly curled the ball past the visitor’s keeper to make it 6-0.
Elsewhere, Everton left their best European performance until their last, as they travelled to Apollon Limassol to record a 3-0 win, their third successive victory of late. What made this win even more special was the fact they had travelled without newly appointed boss Sam Allardayce and made 11 changes to the side that beat Huddersfield at the weekend.
With several youngsters getting their chance to impress, including 5 debuts it was Ademola Lookman with two first half goals in the space of 7 minutes, that got the Toffees on their way. His first was a header from Nikola Vlasics cross, while his second an excellent 25 yard effort, while Valsic added the last minutes before the final whistle, dodging past the Apollon defenders to tap the ball home.
It was two little to late for the Toffee’s this season, however the win does ensure they don’t get the title of ‘Worst ever European Performance by an English team’ as the win took them above the winless Apollon into third in their group.