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December 7, 2017

Jack Wilshere has made four substitute appearances for Arsenal in the Premier League this season

Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott hope they have given manager Arsene Wenger a “selection headache” after the pair produced impressive performances in Arsenal’s comfortable Europa League win over Bate Borisov.

Neither midfielder Wilshere nor forward Walcott have started a Premier League for the Gunners this season, but both found the net as Arsenal rounded off their Group H campaign with a comprehensive victory.

“There is plenty of competition when you play for Arsenal. We are doing our best to give the manager a headache to pick us for the team,” Walcott said.

Wilshere, who scored his first goal since May 2015, added: “All we can do when we get our opportunity is give the manager a headache.”

The Gunners had already secured top spot in the penultimate round of matches and went ahead with an angled finish from defender Mathieu Debuchy.

Walcott added Arsenal’s second with a close-range finish and Wilshere then scored a fine goal after he cut on to his left foot inside the penalty area and arrowed the ball into the net.

Bate defender Denis Polyakov put Walcott’s low cross into his own net after half-time before striker Olivier Giroud converted from the penalty spot following Nemanja Milunovic’s trip on Walcott.

Mohamed Elneny added a sixth with a curling effort after being set up by Wilshere.

In the wake of Arsenal’s 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United, this fixture represented a chance for some of Arsenal’s fringe players to impress.

Manager Arsene Wenger made 11 changes from the side that lost to United in the Premier League, although the starting line-up still boasted plenty of experience.

Bate had a chance of qualifying for the knockout phase of the competition but did not present much of a test for the Gunners who did not have to exert themselves to secure a routine victory.

In truth the margin of victory probably should have been even greater given Arsenal managed 22 shots on goal.

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It was the first time Wilshere had found the net in an Arsenal shirt since the Gunners’ 4-1 home win over West Brom – a gap of 928 days.

Wenger said after Arsenal had beaten Bate 4-2 on 28 September that the 25-year-old was “on his way back to his best”.

Given Wilshere has only managed four appearances in the Premier League from the bench since then the Frenchman’s words might have proved a little premature.

Wilshere, who received a ticking off from Wenger