Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted he will play stronger teams for the knock-out stage of the Europa League after progressing to the last 32 using his second string.

The Gunners underlined their progression as winners of Group H with a convincing 6-0 thrashing of Bate Borisov at The Emirates Stadium.

Mathieu Debuchy, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Olivier Giroud and Mohamed Elneny - all regular fixtures for Arsenal in the competition - got on the scoresheet while Denis Polyakov plundered home a second half own goal for the woeful visitors.

Atletico Madrid, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund join Arsenal in the last 32 after their respective failures in the Champions League and with the standard of opposition set to ratchet up Wenger is likely to respond.

Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette have not played a single minute in the Europa League this season but that could be set to change.

"I will adapt every time to each team we face and so it depends," the Arsenal boss told reporters when asked if he may strengthen as the competition develops. "I just choose the team who can win the next game and it is not difficult to because this team can take on anybody."

Since the 2014-15 season the winner of Europe's premier club competition has qualified directly for the Champions League the following season, a route Manchester United used last term after finishing outside of the Premier League top four.

But among those who may be retained in Europe is Wilshere, who scored his first goal for two-and-a-half years on his fifth straight start in the competition.

After Wilshere's season-long loan at AFC Bournemouth was curtailed due to a broken leg, Wenger believes the England international is finally back to full speed.

"Jack is moving forward and you could see tonight that he is ready to play," he explained. "He is sharp, quick, incisive with his dribbling. Technically I would say he was very good tonight. For 70 minutes he was dominant midfield on the creative side and that is very good news for us."

Jack Wilshere
Wilshere returned to his very best against BATE. Getty Images