So, it seems we’re back on track after winning five of our six games in September and scoring 13 goals in the process. Four of those goals flew in, in our final game of the month in our Europa League clash with BATE Borisov as we stayed top of Group H with six points to our name.
Over the past month there have been matches where we’ve been very dominant, but failed to keep that dominance going for the entire 90 minutes and last night was definitely one of those games. The first half saw us blitz BATE with three goals, however, we couldn’t quite see the game through as we would’ve liked as we ended up conceding twice.
However, there were still a few players that stood out in our first away day of the Europa League campaign.
The first name to pop up may surprise you as yesterday was his competitive debut for Arsenal, but Joe Willock handled himself very well against the Belarussian champions. Like any product of our academy, he showed great feet at times to ghost past players in midfield as well as completing 91% of his passes. The youngster wasn’t only impressive when in possession as he did his job in central midfield fully, making five tackles and three interceptions to protect our back three from any initial danger.
Having scored twice yesterday he’s forced his way into the top three performers yet again. Following up on his winner against Doncaster, Theo Walcott did well to take the chances that were given to him which put Arsenal in control of the game very early on.
The one player that stood out the most last night, without question, was Jack Wilshere. Gradually making his way back into the first team with his second start of the season, he looked very comfortable out in Belarus last night.
From his silky passing, short and long, to unlock the BATE defence, whether that was his one-two to get himself deep into their box before chipping the ball over to Theo Walcott for his opener, looking at the bigger picture and finding Ainsley Maitland-Niles overlapping on the left-hand side or just doing what we all know Jack Wilshere does by skipping past his opponents, he put in a very assured performance in his first full game of the season.