Marcus McGuane and Eddie Nketiah came on to make their competitive first-team debuts as Arsenal beat BATE Borisov 4-2 in the Europa League tonight.
In an eventful game Arsenal established a three-goal lead courtesy of a brace from Theo Walcott and Rob Holding’s first goal for the club.
However, BATE managed to reduce the deficit through Mirko Ivanic.
Arsenal went 4-1 ahead when Olivier Giroud scored a penalty – his 100th goal for the Gunners.
BATE, though, continued to cause Arsenal problems and scored again through Mikhail Gordeychuk.
As far as young players are concerned Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock both started the game and produced encouraging displays, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles featured at left wing-back.
Meanwhile, Vlad Dragomir and Charlie Gilmour received their first call-ups to the squad and were unused substitutes.