Arsenal ran BATE ragged as they hit them for six and cantered to the win.

The lineup had a stronger feel to it than we all anticipated. With top spot in the group sewn up, the younger of our squad members could be forgiven for thinking their chance for gametime was primed.

With such a large squad to keep happy, Arsene Wenger had the luxury of naming an entirely different eleven that played so well against United in the weekend. Olivier Giroud started up top, backed ably by Welbeck and Walcott out wide, and Jack Wilshere in the Number 10 role.

Jo Willock missed out in central midfield, as Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny took the berths in the engine room. At the back, Ainslie Maitland-Niles and Mathieu Debuchy were the full-backs, and there was a welcome return to action for Calum Chambers and Rob Holding.

It meant that Ben Sheaf, Reiss Nelson, Matt Macey, Josh DaSilva and Eddie Nketiah missed out, but it also meant that the home crowd stood a chance of some goals.

We started on the front foot, and Elneny was unlucky not to break the deadlock in the third minute, but was denied by the post with his low shot.

We didn’t have to wait long though.

Eight minutes later, the unlikely scorer was Mathieu Debuchy. Theo Walcott was fouled in the area, but there was no appeal. the loose ball fired cleanly into the far corner by the French defender.

Jack looked in the mood, and soon after, he sent Welbeck scampering down the left and in acres of space. Welbeck’s run was stopped on the wing by the goalkeeper, who came out of his area to quell the England man. Scherbitsky wasn’t finished though, and he denied Giroud and Walcott in quick succession soon after.

BATE battled gamely, but we looked as if we could rip them apart at will. We had set up with a 4-2-3-1 and it looked like our attacking players were especially enjoying it.

On the 37th minute, we grabbed our second, and it had been coming. Danny welbeck was the man rampaging forward again, and he cut inside, looking to shoot. It looked as if he had wasted the chance when he was crowded out. Instead, he managed to squeeze the square ball through to an unmarked Walcott who finished emphatically.

We didn’t stop there, and six minutes later, we had our third. A series of intricate passes - an Arsenal delicacy if you will, ended up with Jack smashing a shot from 16 yards past the beleaguered Scherbitski.

Lucky for the BATE man, it was half time soon after the third. He had played well but still conceded three. That was how fluid we had played.

Winning is a habit easy dropped but hard to keep, so Wenger not only needed to keep our fringe players happy, he must have wanted a win to get the feel good factor around the club again. So while the younger players must have been a tad aggrieved to not make the lineup, Wenger probably made the right decision.

If you put Willock in, then either Francis Coquelin or Mohamed Elneny will lose more sharpness. The same goes for Nelson and Theo or Welbeck. We have a big squad that needs to play.

The second half started and more goals were on the menu. Five minutes after the whistle blew to signal the start of the half, we had our fourth.

Jack was at the heart of it again, and he sliced BATE open to find an onrushing Walcott. theo made the right choice and squared it to Welbeck. Denis Polyakov had other ideas though. He was so intent on denying Welbeck that his intended clearance found the roof of the net.

BATE looked dejected, and had no idea how to cope with our effervescent running up top. Welbeck and Theo were spreading them wide and Giroud was keeping the central defenders busy. Every time Jack had the ball, he had so many options.

Soon, and no surprise, it was five. Theo Walcott had kept running all night, and Milunovic took one for the team by taking him down. It was a stonewall penalty, and Olivier Giroud stepped up to score, but was ordered to retake it. Sometimes this can unsettle a penalty taker, but Giroud is made of sterner stuff and got his goal, going to the same side and getting the same result.

This game was so one-sided it was like a training exercise, and these are the games when you can really unfurl the flair flag. We had done just that, and the fans deserved it.

Theo came off with about twenty five minutes to go, with Reiss Nelson getting a fair crack of the whip to grab some limelight.

Fans could smell blood, and we drew some more with Mohamed Elneny getting the sixth. Jack once again created it, and he twisted and turned before passing to Elneny on his left who curled a first time effort into far corner. A sumptuous finish and a fantastic topping on this game.

Subs followed the goal, with Willock and Nketiah getting a run out, in place of Elneny and Danny Welbeck, who sorely needed a goal.

Our record European win is 7-0, and with fifteen minutes to go and six goals up, we surely could have broken it. Our team were on fire and BATE had no fire hose..

The record wasn’t to be matched however, but what entertainment for our fans who turned up to the game.

If the players wanted to send a message to Wenger about more gametime, then they can consider it well and truly delivered. Theo Walcott, Maitland-Niles, Debuchy, Elneny and especially Jack Wilshere played extremely well, and we can now look to the game in the weekend.

well done boys.