Much fun was had in Belarus yesterday as Arsene Wenger unleashed the kids and a bunch of the second stringers against Bate Borisov.
Theo Walcott POWERED the net. Jack Wilshere found some of that 2011 vibe. Olivier Giroud made the 100 club. Rob Holding scored his first for the club.
Everyone was happy.
Remember, this is a team that has decapitated some of Europe’s best (Bayern / Roma). I’d go as far to say that the game we played last night was possibly tougher than Barca away. So the result cannot be underestimated.
Sure, we witnessed some sloppy defending in the second half, but overall, it was a slick passing game that brought out one of the more interesting performances we’ve seen in Europe of late with a second team.
Jack Wilshere really was the star of the show. He had a lot of space to play in and he took full advantage of it in the number ten role. His vision, range of passing, and bursts of pace were well received. The footwork and turn for the opener for Theo Walcott was exceptional. Reminded me of the deft skillz on show against Norwich the last time we were convinced Jack was back.
It was also great to see Giroud finally land his 100th goal, super cool penalty that sent the keeper the wrong way.
Theo Walcott also reminded us that he can score goals, you quickly forget he’s also a 100 clubber as well. Surprised we can’t get more from him, because in front of goal, he’s one of the best in our team. Needs more Nespresso bribery in my opinion.
It was also a solid run out for M-N, Reiss and Willock. Nketiah and McGuane also managed to make appearances. Wonderful to see some promising kids land their chances on a stage more impressive than the League Cup.
Right, that’s me done, see you tomorrow.