I have been written off too quickly, says Wilshere

Jack Wilshere was on loan at Bournemouth last season

Nonetheless for the neutral Arsenal's early goals rather diluted the spectacle as a serious contest and even when Mirko Ivanic pulled one back for the Belarusians on the half-hour mark one sensed a comeback was never on the cards. Olivier Giroud stepped up to convert and grab his 100th Arsenal goal.

Bate threatened late on, and the crowd grew in confidence after their second goal from Mikhail Gordeychuk.

But just as BATE seemed to be threatening a comeback, they gifted Arsenal a second. "But overall I'm pleased with the performance". However, his horrendous mistake to allow Arsenal and Walcott to make it 2-0 can not be forgiven.

Maitland-Niles - 6.5. Got up and down the left, but isn't a left sided player and it shows. The keeper was under no pressure, it looked like he couldn't decide whether to play the ball long or pass it short.

However, Astana hung in there and equalised two minutes before half-time through Marin Tomasov's low shot from inside the penalty area. As with the first goal, Arsenal allowed men to go unmarked in the box.

"Another game Sunday, then League Cup and more Europa League games, so I am happy". Manchester United showed last season that winning the Europa League can be a springboard to better times ahead, and with Arsenal outsiders at most to win the league title, picking up silverware on the continent is the next best thing.




"However Arsene Wenger can't take underestimate Chris Hughton's side".

BATE reduced the deficit to two goals once again in the 67th minute as Gordiecuk smashed home from close range.

Positives: Wilshere had a great first half, Willock was powerful and dominant throughout, Giroud scored his 100th Arsenal goal, McGuane and Nketiah made their professional debuts. "There were chances but I can't be too selfish".

Ihar Stasevich - 6/10 - Stasevich had some joy against young Nelson in the first half and looked Bate's brightest player.

Alexandre Lacazette and Sanchez are set to be reinstalled to the starting 11, having played no part in Thursday's trip, whilst Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka will come back into the centre of midfield. It has been a while since I felt a proper Arsenal player but I am back, in training, back in the squad, playing these types of games.

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