Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: 'Jack Wilshere close to best form'
Sep 29 2017 by Dustin Murphy
It wasn't the best played, but man was it fun to watch. "There were chances but you can't be too selfish".
A good if not solid performance from Arsenal but the three points is all that matters.
Giroud faces a fight to regain his starting spot in the Premier League after Alexandre Lacazette's flying start to life at Arsenal, but this was a reminder that he is certainly a potent back-up option.
It was two comparative veterans who combined for Arsenal's early opener, though, with Jack Wilshere setting up Walcott to head in from close range.
Everton rallied to 2-1 ahead and looked set to rebound from its previous 3-0 loss to Atalanta. This was an Arsenal team composed of young, keen footballers whose ages were in inverse proportion to their squad numbers and some old lags with a point to prove. It goes straight to Walcott, who has a simple shot straight past the "keeper and into the far corner".
Rodriguez cleverly cut back on Shkodran Mustafi and looked certain to win a penalty when he was up-ended by the Arsenal defender.
The Gunners were and and running with the third goal. Per Mertesacker won the initial header off a corner and the ball bounced the Holding who shinned/kneed/thighed it in.
His century of Arsenal goals was taken cooly.
Borisov got one back only two minutes after a good cross, which Elneny really should have defended better.
Mateo Musacchio made it two for the seven-time European champions, but Boadu Maxwell Acosty pulled one back with six minutes left and Josip Elez drilled home an 90th-minute penalty. Congrats Olivier and here's to 100 more.
Milan were cruising after goals from Andre Silva and Mateo Musacchio but they allowed the Croats to pull level with two late goals before snatching victory with a stoppage time victor from Patrick Cutrone.
25' - GOAL! BATE 0-3 Arsenal.
"We know he can play".
"Brilliant from Jack Wilshere even to just spot Walcott". The quality is there in bundles if he can stay engaged and healthy. Wenger's faith in youth was interesting, especially as all three rookies played in midfield - the heartland packed in this case with inexperienced promise. However, Scherbitski did make a fabulous, fingertip save to deny Walcott his third - a fig leaf for a awful display. He also didn't make any glaring defensive errors, which is impressive for a youngster. Wilshere, at his best, is better than both and more talented.
All in all, a great night for Arsenal.
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.