Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored his 100th goal for the Gunners as Wenger’s men defeated host BATE Borisov 4-2 in their UEFA Europa League Group H encounter.
The France international striker scored a second-half spot kick in Eastern Europe country of Belarus as the North Londoner’s on an entertaining clash.
The French tactician selected an experimental squad, making complete nine changes to the team that defeated West Brom 2-0 on Monday night, and Arsenal almost scored in the eighth minute when Walcott’s effort hit the woodwork after he received a pass from Jack Wilshere.
Wenger’s men did take the lead just 60 seconds later when England international Jack Wilshere again sent Walcott through, and this time he buried the ball home after Borisov goalkeeper Denis Scherbitski had initially saved his header.
The Premier League team doubled the scoreline in the 22nd minute when Theo Walcott fired the ball into the back of the net from 15 yards out after latching on a loose clearance.
Wenger’s men made it 3-0 after just 22 minutes when Theo Walcott’s corner kick was headed on by German Per Mertesacker and young defender Rob Holding was in the right place at the right time to score his first Arsenal goal.
The host however reduced the goal deficit almost instantly when Ivanic headed home Aleksei Rios’ fine cross past Arsenal goalkeeper on the night David Opsina.
France international striker Olivier Giroud made the scoreline 4-1 soon after the commencement of the second half from the penalty spot.
BATE Borisov’s Mikhail Gordeichuk halved the deficit for the host in the 67th minute when he scored from close-range.