Champions League - Group D
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Arsenal 4-1 Galatasaray

Danny Welbeck scored for Arsenal against Galatasaray
Danny Welbeck's goals were his first in the Champions League for Arsenal
  • Welbeck scores first senior hat-trick
  • Win on Wenger's 18th anniversary as boss
  • Sanchez scores his fifth Arsenal goal
  • Szczesny sent off for foul on Yilmaz

Danny Welbeck scored his first professional hat-trick as 10-man Arsenal swept aside Galatasaray in the Champions League.

The England striker, excellent throughout, stabbed in a first-half opener before side-footing a second.

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Wenger 'didn't realise' Welbeck was so fast

Alexis Sanchez then curled home before Welbeck clipped in his third.

Burak Yilmaz scored a penalty after Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was sent off for a foul, but it was nothing more than a consolation.

The win was Arsenal's first in this year's Champions League and means they have three points from two Group D games.

It was also the perfect way for manager Arsene Wenger to mark 18 years to the day since he was appointed Arsenal boss, and the Frenchman certainly deserves credit for naming an attack-minded side.

With Welbeck playing in his favoured central role and the former Manchester United striker ably supported by the pace and creativity of Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Gunners simply had too much for a Galatasaray side who have now failed to win in 10 visits to English sides.

Flares in Arsenal's win against Galatasaray
Flares were thrown on to one corner of the pitch during the first half of the game

Despite having lost their three previous away games in the Champions League, Galatasaray boss Cesare Prandelli started with a three-man defence, and it quickly became clear they were far too exposed at the back.

Just as they had in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham on Saturday, Arsenal dominated possession but the key difference in this game was they posed a greater threat going forward.

They pulled apart the Galatasaray defence for the opener as Sanchez raced on to Kieran Gibbs's pass down the left, cut inside and slid a clever ball for Welbeck, who got around Felipe Melo before poking a shot through the legs of Fernando Muslera.

Galatasaray rarely ventured forward as they tried to contain the Arsenal front four, and their nervousness perhaps contributed to a poor defensive error that allowed Arsenal to score a second.

Defender Aurelien Chedjou inexplicably headed straight to Welbeck midway inside the Galatasaray half and the striker showed good strength and composure to shrug off Melo before coolly beating Muslera.

That goal prompted flares to be lit in the away end, with some finding their way onto one corner of the pitch and causing a brief stoppage in play as they were put out.

Once the action resumed, so did Arsenal's dominance and Sanchez effectively put the game beyond Galatasaray when he ran through the defence to chase Ozil's ball before curling home from 15 yards.

The half-time whistle provided some welcome respite for Galatasaray, and Prandelli tried to stem the tide by introducing midfielder Hamit Altintop for the second half and reverting to a four-man defence.

Before the change could have the desired impact, though, Arsenal increased their lead further as Welbeck, brimming with confidence after his first-half double, grabbed his third of the game, timing his run for Oxlade-Chamberlain's pass to perfection before lifting the ball over Muslera.

It was no less than Welbeck and Arsenal deserved for a clinical attacking display that will give Wenger confidence that his side can progress from the group stage for the 17th successive season.

Szczesny took some of the shine off the victory when he was sent off on the hour. Yilmaz picked himself up to send substitute keeper David Ospina the wrong way from the spot, but by then the damage was done.

Danny Welbeck scored for Arsenal against Galatasaray
Danny Welbeck's opener was only Arsenal's second goal in their past five Champions League games
Alexis Sanchez scored Arsenal's third against Galatasaray
Alexis Sanchez has scored five goals in 11 games this season
Arsenal scored three goals in the first half against Galatasaray
Flares were let off in the away end at Arsenal, causing a brief delay as they were cleared in the first half
Danny Welbeck scored a hat-trick for Arsenal against Galatasaray
Welbeck had never scored a professional hat-trick while at Manchester United

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 1SzczesnyBooked at 60mins
  • 21Chambers
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 6Koscielny
  • 3Gibbs
  • 20FlaminiBooked at 44mins
  • 15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forRosickyat 68'minutes
  • 11ÖzilSubstituted forWilshereat 77'minutes
  • 19Cazorla
  • 17SánchezSubstituted forOspinaat 62'minutes
  • 23Welbeck

Substitutes

  • 7Rosicky
  • 9Podolski
  • 10Wilshere
  • 13Ospina
  • 28Campbell
  • 34Coquelin
  • 39Bellerín

Galatasaray

  • 1Muslera
  • 21Chedjou
  • 3MeloBooked at 34mins
  • 26Kaya
  • 88SariSubstituted forBulutat 69'minutes
  • 35KurtulusSubstituted forAltintopat 45'minutes
  • 10Sneijder
  • 6DzemailiBooked at 43mins
  • 13Telles
  • 17Yilmaz
  • 19PandevSubstituted forNa Bangnaat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Altintop
  • 9Bulut
  • 11Na Bangna
  • 22Balta
  • 29Adin
  • 38Bolat
  • 77Camdal
Referee:
Gianluca Rocchi
Attendance:
59,803

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamGalatasaray
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away18
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal 4, Galatasaray 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 4, Galatasaray 1.

Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Wilshere with a through ball.

Offside, Arsenal. Jack Wilshere tries a through ball, but Danny Welbeck is caught offside.

Corner, Galatasaray. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Burak Yilmaz (Galatasaray) because of an injury.

Delay in match David Ospina (Arsenal) because of an injury.

Calum Chambers (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Umut Bulut (Galatasaray).

Attempt saved. Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Burak Yilmaz.

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Telles (Galatasaray).

Corner, Galatasaray. Conceded by Mathieu Flamini.

Attempt blocked. Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Bruma (Galatasaray) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Hamit Altintop (Galatasaray) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

Bruma (Galatasaray) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Galatasaray. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

Attempt saved. Burak Yilmaz (Galatasaray) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Umut Bulut with a cross.

Attempt missed. Alex Telles (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Felipe Melo.

Attempt missed. Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Felipe Melo (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Alex Telles.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Jack Wilshere replaces Mesut Özil.

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray).

Attempt blocked. Blerim Dzemaili (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Galatasaray. Conceded by Santiago Cazorla.

Attempt missed. Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Burak Yilmaz.

Attempt missed. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

Calum Chambers (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Telles (Galatasaray).

Attempt blocked. Hamit Altintop (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Burak Yilmaz.

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

Umut Bulut (Galatasaray) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Galatasaray. Alex Telles tries a through ball, but Burak Yilmaz is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Blerim Dzemaili (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Telles.

goal

As It Stood

A

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2Atl Madrid21013303
3Malmö FF21012203
4Olympiakos210134-13

B

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2FC Basel210125-33
3Liverpool21012203
4Ludogorets200224-20

C

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2Monaco21101014
3B Leverkusen21013213
4Benfica200215-40

D

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3Anderlecht201114-31
4Galatasaray201125-31

E

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2Roma21106244
3Man City201112-11
4CSKA Moscow200216-50

F

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3Ajax20202202
4Apoel Nicosia201112-11

G

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2NK Maribor20202202
3Schalke20202202
4Sporting201112-11

H

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1FC Porto21108264
2BATE Borisov210127-53
3Shakhtar Donetsk20202202
4Ath Bilbao201112-11
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