BATE Borisov 2, Arsenal 4: Arsene Wenger praises Olivier Giroud after reaching 100 goals for Gunners and suggests Jack Wilshere's best days are to come

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Giroud converted a second-half penalty (Source: Getty)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger heaped praise on striker Olivier Giroud after the Frenchman scored his 100th goal for the Gunners during their Europa League victory against BATE Borisov.

Giroud, who has been more of an impact player off the bench in recent times, became the 19th player to reach a century of goals for the north Londoners when he converted a second-half penalty.

“I just congratulated him for his remarkable achievement of 100 goals,” said Wenger. “He is in good company when you look. It is a remarkable achievement.

“When you play football, the most difficult thing is to score goals and he has scored 100 for us. I just congratulated him for that remarkable achievement.”

Forward Theo Walcott netted twice in the early stages, while defender Rob Holding scored his first goal in Arsenal colours as the visitors maintained their perfect record in Group H.

Wenger also suggested that injury-plagued midfielder Jack Wilshere’s best years could still be ahead of him. Wilshere, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth and is in the final year of his Arsenal contract, produced an instrumental performance against the Belarusians.

“He is at an age [25] where a player normally gets to the best of his career,” added Wenger. “He is on the way up and he has only been stopped by a series of injuries.

“Hopefully, I just pray that he is not hampered anymore by any problems and then we will see him getting stronger.”

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