Friday, April 12, 2024

Hat-trick for Wellbeck

Date:

Share post:

LONDON (AP) – Danny Welbeck scored his first career hat trick as Arsenal overpowered Galatasaray 4-1 in the Champions League today and survived with ten men for the last half-hour after goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was sent off.

Welbeck, who was allowed to leave Manchester United last month after his striking qualities were questioned by manager Louis Van Gaal, demonstrated just how he can thrive as a centre forward.

“He had the instinct of a goal-scorer. He was aggressive and made great runs,” Arsene Wenger said of Wellbeck, speaking on his 18th anniversary as Arsenal manager. “He has just good pace (and) it allows him to finish calmly.”

Against a weak defence, Welbeck side-footed in the opener in the 22nd minute, swept in a second on the half-hour and, after Alexis Sanchez also netted, completed his hat trick at the start of the second half.

Wenger “has shown a lot of faith in me and I am delighted to repay him tonight”, Welbeck said. “He has allowed me to play up front in my preferred position.”

Arsenal were cruising in the Group D encounter until Szczesny rushed off his line and brought down Burak Yilmaz, who then converted the resulting penalty.

Arsenal’s latest moment of ill-discipline – this was the London club’s fifth red card in seven European matches – enabled Galatasaray to provide a late threat.

Champions League results

Group A

Atletico Madrid (Arda Turan) 1, Juventus 0

Malmo (Markus Rosenberg 2) 2, Olympiakos 0

Group B

FC Basel (Marco Streller) 1, Liverpool 0

Ludogorets (Marcelinho) 1, Real Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema) 2

Group C

Bayer Leverkusen (Stefan Kiessling, Son Heung-min, Hakan Calhanoglu) 3, Benfica (Eduardo Salvio) 1

Zenit St Petersburg 0, Monaco 0

Group D

Anderlecht 0, Borussia Dortmund (Ciro Immobile, Adrian Ramos 2) 3

Arsenal (Danny Welbeck 3, Alexis Sanchez) 4, Galatasaray (Burak Yilmaz) 1

 

 

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related articles

Motion against DLP president ruled invalid

The no-confidence motion brought against president of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), Dr Ronnie Yearwood, is invalid. That is...

Israeli airstrike kills three sons of Hamas political leader in Gaza as ceasefire talks stutter

Three sons of Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza Wednesday, with Haniyeh insisting...

Wanted Man: Raphael Nowell

The Barbados Police Service (TBPS) is seeking the assistance of the public in locating Raphael Diego Nowell alias...

U.S. hurricane forecasters embark on preparedness mission to the Caribbean

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center - With the 2024 hurricane season fast approaching, NOAA and the U.S. Air...