Danny Welbeck announced himself on Wednesday night when he became only the third Arsenal player to score a hat-trick for Arsenal in the Champions League since the competition was reformatted in 1992 (click here to read more).
The England international striker was let go by Manchester United on transfer deadline day for a reported fee of £16 million.
Explaining his decision to sell the 23-year-old, United manager Louis van Gaal claimed that he does not score enough goals and is not of the same standard as Robin van Persie or Radamel Falcao.
Despite his goal against Aston Villa at Villa Park in the Premier League last month, there was a lingering suspicion that Van Gaal’s opinion of Welbeck was right. The Englishman missed chances in the games that he featured in for Arsenal and did not always look comfortable with the ball at his feet.
There was no such problem for Welbeck against Galatasaray at the Emirates on Wednesday, though, as he scored a truly brilliant hat-trick to inspire Arsenal to a 4-1 home win in the Group D clash.
|Competition||Goals||Total Shots||Shots on Target||Chances created||Total Dribbles||Dribbles Won||Total Pass||Accurate Pass||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Danny Welbeck||Champions League||3||6||4||2||9||5||36||31||1||90|
As the above stats show, Welbeck was not just sitting inside the box waiting to tuck the ball in from a few yards out. He was very much active in and around the Galatasaray penalty box, and his work ethic was truly praiseworthy.
Welbeck was involved in Arsenal’s attack and linked up well with the attacking midfielders. His pace gave Galatasaray much to think about and has surely given manager Arsene Wenger a different option in attack.