Hat-trick hero Welbeck thanks Wenger for believing in him as a striker

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Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has thanked manager Arsene Wenger for believing in him - and playing him as a striker.

Arsenal got their Champions League campaign kickstarted tonight with a thumping 4-1 win over Turkish side Galatasaray at the Emirates Stadium. 

The Gunners needed to get three points after their dismal display against Borussia Dortmund in the first game of the competition, and they duly obliged as manager Arsene Wenger went back to the usual 4-2-3-1 system and reaped the rewards from the alteration.

There was no doubting who the star of the show was - Danny Welbeck. The striker who was snapped up from Manchester United in a £16m deal on deadline day bagged his first goal for the Gunners against Aston Villa ten days ago, and today grabbed his first hat-trick for the club as Galatasaray just couldn't handle the England international's pace.

All three goals were expertly taken, and Welbeck thanked his new manager Wenger for showing belief in him and, most importantly, playing him up front having been regularly played out wide for United.

"He’s shown a lot of faith in my and I’m delighted to have paid him back tonight," Welbeck said. "He’s given me the chance to play up front in my preferred position and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that he’s happy.”

"I’m obviously delighted to get the goals," he added. The most important thing is that we got the three points on the board tonight and we needed that after the first game in the group."

Arsenal needed striking reinforcements for some time, and after he dismantled Galatasaray, Gunners fans have to be hoping that Welbeck is the man they have been missing in their pursuit of domestic and European glory.

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