The goals rained in as we rounded off our Europa League group stage in fine style, bringing up Arsène Wenger’s 700th win as Arsenal boss in the process.
Emirates Stadium was barely half full for what was essentially a dead rubber against the newly-crowned Belarussian champions. But those who had braved the cold Islington night were rewarded with a six-goal show from the ruthless Gunners.
We had already ensured top spot as we brought our Group H campaign to a close, and as expected the manager made 11 changes from Saturday’s lineup. But the boss did spring something of a surprise by reverting to a back four for the first time since April.
Mohamed Elneny saw an early snapshot fizz just wide, but shortly afterwards Debuchy’s aim was true, to fire us ahead, and we were in complete control from that point onwards.
Theo Walcott went down in the area, appealing for a penalty, but before the referee could make his decision Debuchy strode onto the loose ball and powered a drive inside the far post. It was the Gunners’ 100th goal of 2017, and the Frenchman’s first for three years.
We were comfortably running the game, and the second goal looked inevitable. It was the lively Walcott who supplied it. Danny Welbeck was dispossessed after breaking into the box, and Walcott, playing on the right of the front three, was loitering in the right place to tuck home.
Nemanja Milunovic dived in to clear another Walcott effort off the line, and Jack Wilshere saw a 20-yard curler…