Arsene Wenger's gamble to play some youngsters and a relatively weaker side seems to have yielded the anticipated result.

The Frenchman has praised Jack Wilshere's "outstanding" contribution to Arsenal's 4-2 Europa League victory at BATE Borisov.

On the same day the midfielder was omitted from the latest England squad, he consistently demonstrated the vision and creativity that once made him such a promising talent.

Aged 25, he is attempting to recover a place in Wenger's starting XI and earn an extension to the contract that expires at the season's end.

But having recovered his fitness, at the Borisov Arena in Belarus he proved he still has much to offer.

Wenger said: "He had an outstanding first half.

"He fights until the end. He's on his way back to his best and showed that. He's at an age where a player normally gets to the best of his career. He's on the way up. He's only been stopped by a series of injuries.

"Hopefully, I just pray, he is not hampered by any more problems and that will see him getting stronger and stronger. He's shown again that he's not lost his football.

"We had a team that was a mixture of experienced players and young players and we had good cohesion and played football like I want them to play, with a good pace.

"We maintained it for 65 minutes and then the last 20 minutes were a bit more difficult. Overall I'm very pleased with our performance.

"BATE is a good team, has good cohesion, good technical level, works well together, and we needed a good performance to beat them."


Giroud's 49th-minute penalty restored Arsenal's three-goal lead to put them 4-1 up, but when Mikhail Gordeychuk scored the hosts' second in the 67th, as Arsenal fell under increasing pressure.

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