Wilshere and Debuchy end goal droughts as Arsenal crush Bate Borisov

Trying to establish the expected goals in the Europa League is a mission, particularly on a night when so many goalscorers are completely unexpected. After last weekend’s flurry of repelled chances against Manchester United, Arsenal summoned goals from some unusual places against meek Bate Borisov. Notable celebrations were in order for Mathieu Debuchy, Jack Wilshere and Mohamed Elneny. Between them they had waited a combined seven and a half years for an Arsenal goal.

Considering Arsenal’s Europa League campaign began here with overcrowded bedlam, with an estimated 20,000 FC Köln fans swelling the numbers and contributing to a boisterous atmosphere, Group H tailed off gently in front of a half-full stadium. Just under 30,000 turned up – an interesting fraction less than the 54,648 tickets sold. Still, they came with an open mind and saw a pretty open Bate team which encouraged Arsenal to help themselves to some goals.

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