• Theo Walcott headed Arsenal ahead inside 10 minutes.
  • Walcott doubled lead mid-way through the first half.
  • Rob Holding taps in first Gunners goal.
  • Mirko Ivanić pulled one back with flying header.
  • Olivier Giroud fired home penalty for 100th Arsenal goal.
  • Mikhail Gordeichuk halved the deficit again with a close range strike.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger laments 'cruel' fixture pile-up Hayters

Well that brings an end to our Europa League coverage from Belarus. We'll have all the reaction from Arsene Wenger after the game in the coming hours, but until next time its goodbye.


Full time: BATE Borisov 2-4 Arsenal

An entertaining topsy-turvy game comes to an end and Arsenal have six from six in the Europa League after a six-goal thriller in Belarus. Theo Walcott scored twice, and Rob Holding netted his first Gunners goal in the first half, before Mirko Ivanic pulled one back.

Olivier Giroud hammered home his 100th for Arsenal from the penalty spot and despite Mikhail Gordeichuk netted a second for the hosts the result was never in doubt.



Stasevich cuts inside on the left but shanks his cross which goes high over the bar. That feels like BATE's last chance.

Joe Willock off and Eddie Nketiah on as another Arsenal debutant enters the fray.


Igor Stasevich's cross is turned behind by Rob Holding. BATE waste the corner after taking it short but they continue to press hard for this third goal which might set up a grand stand finale.


McGuane straight into the action and he finds Walcott, who snaps at the shot and the chance is gone as the balls rolls wide. Poor effort and that sixth Arsenal hat-trick looks more elusive now.


Marcus McGuane on for his Arsenal debut. Reiss Nelson off. Just under 12 minutes to impress for the player who joined the Gunners aged six.


Olivier Giroud powers home a penalty for his 100th Arsenal goal.

Olivier Giroud


Bizarre game this. Both teams are throwing men forward without a care in the world and the goalkeepers from either side are obliging with some horrible handling. BATE will fancy their chances of taking a point even if there is less than 20 minutes on the clock.


Aleksandr Volodko should really have BATE back in it. The hosts work it well as Gordeichuk pulls the ball back but Volodko can't find the target from 15 yards. Big opportunity.


GOAL! BATE Borisov 2-4 Arsenal (Mikhail Gordeichuk)

Arsenal keep giving BATE a glimmer and they are within two again with still a quarter of the game remaining. Ospina weakly palms Ivanic's close range effort and Gordeichuk reacts first to hammer home.


BATE have come again in search of a second, and another way back into this game, but to no avail at the moment. Arsenal surely on their way to a healthy win.


GOAL! BATE 1-4 Arsenal (Olivier Giroud)

I spoke earlier about this being the biggest night in the referee's career, and it might be the last major game of his tenure as an official. A penalty is awarded after an over-hit free-kick - goodness knows what for - and Giroud obliges to net his 100th Arsenal goal.


Back under way in Belarus. No changes at the break.


Half time: BATE Borisov 1-3 Arsenal

Blimey, take a breath. Arsenal have cruised through the first half in Belarus through two goals from Theo Walcott and one for Rob Holding. Mirko Ivanic has pulled one back but the way the hosts are defending, I'd be stunned if the Gunners don't add to their lead. Jack Wilshere has been mesmeric.


Rob Holding turns in his first Arsenal goal.

Rob Holding


Theo Walcott should be celebrating his sixth Arsenal hat-trick but a superb save from Scherbitski turns it behind. From the corner, Mertesacker and Holding cause problems and the latter swings a leg at the ball and strikes the post. They could have had six in this half alone.


Arsenal have looked a bit of a mess since the BATE goal and the hosts have another free-kick in a promising position. Joe Willock gets a stray arm but Nemanja Milunović escapes any punishment for the offence, with Arsene Wenger fuming.



BATE look a completely different side since the goal and it takes a fine save from Ospina to turn away a free-kick as they threatened to further close the deficit.


Walcott celebrates putting Arsenal into a two-goal lead.

Theo Walcott


GOAL! BATE Borisov 1-3 Arsenal (Mirko Ivanić)

is the comeback on? BATE get one back. A cross from the right evades Elneny and Ivanic connects on the run and blasts a header past David Ospina, who looked all at sea.


GOAL! BATE Borisov 0-3 Arsenal (Rob Holding)

Dear oh dear. Arsenal have the points in the bag after a third goal inside 26 minutes. Per Mertesacker rises highest from a corner and Holding is in the right place, at the right time, to tap the visitors further ahead. BATE have been laughable.


GOAL! BATE Borisov 0-2 Arsenal (Theo Walcott)

Denis Scherbitski hang your head. The BATE 'keeper presents the ball straight to the Arsenal forward who gobbles up the chance by finding the corner. Amateur hour.