Europa League actually a GOOD thing for Arsenal?

Europa League actually a GOOD thing for Arsenal?

They lacked an effective press, affording Arsenal the space and time to dictate play as they saw fit.

The Rossoneri doubled their lead after the break through Matteo Musacchio, but Rijeka sensationally equalised thanks to goals for Boadu Acosty and Josip Elez in the 84th and 90th minutes.

Four goals away from home in Europe is no easy feat, which Walcott recognised in his post-match interview.

Jack Wilshere's lovely cross teed Walcott up to head Arsenal's opener.

Arsenal went up 2-0 on a disgusting mistake from BATE keeper Denis Shcherbitski. This game should never have been allowed to become hard, but when difficulty inevitably came it was Wilshere who kept his head when others - both old and young - were losing theirs. The vision to square it to Walcott... he has a simple header.

Walcott made it 2-0 midway through the first half after an bad error by BATE goalkeeper Denis Scherbitski, who miscued a clearance straight to the England forward. It took a fine save from Ospina to deny BATE and keep the momentum with Arsenal.

Arsenal opened the scoring inside ten minutes.

The saying goes that teams are most vulnerable just after they've scored and this proved to be the case for Arsenal.

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Three minutes later and the Gunners had a third, with Holding diverting Per Mertesacker's header into the net from a corner, but the home side hit back nearly immediately as Ivanic powered Aleksey Rios' cross beyond Ospina at the near post.

When taking on Arsenal in one of the biggest games of your season you would have thought the BATE goalkeeper's instructions would have been pretty clear.

Goals from Rob Holding and Olivier Giroud and a brace from Theo Walcott secured a comfortable victory for Arsene Wenger's men. The Gunners were awarded a rather dubious penalty which was supposedly given for holding in the box.

In their absences the senior players include Per Mertesacker, Jack Wilshere, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, meaning the promising Ainsley Maitland-Niles is among those likely to feature, and the manager said: "This is the kind of job: you do not get 10 opportunities to play for Arsenal". The Frenchman becomes the 19th player to score a century for the North London side.

And Rijeka were made to pay once more when, after 53 minutes, Milan struck again as a corner fell for defender Mateo Musacchio, who scored from close range.

Bate's players were visibly frustrated with their first half display and none more so than Mikhail Gordeichuk.

Three minutes later, Arsenal looked to have put the match away.

The result means Arsenal are in control of Group H, sitting top with six points from two games, two points ahead of Red Star Belgrade.