Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck joins elite club that includes Nicklas Bendtner following Champions League hat-trick

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Danny Welbeck is only the third Arsenal player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League since the European club competition was reformatted in 1992.

Danny Welbeck scored a truly brilliant and sensational hat-trick for Arsenal on Wednesday.

The England international striker was on target three times for the Gunners against Galatasaray in the Champions League Group D at the Emirates Stadium.

It was the 23-year-old’s first senior hat-trick and helped the Gunners ease to a 4-1 victory over the Turkish giants.

  CompetitionGoalsTotal ShotsShots on TargetTotal PassAccurate PassChances createdGoal AssistAppearancesMins Played
Danny Welbeck Champions League 3 6 4 36 31 2 0 1 90

It was also the first hat-trick scored by an Arsenal player in the Champions League since Nicklas Bendtner in March 2010.

On that occasion, the Denmark international helped the North London club overturn a first-leg deficit against FC Porto and progress to the quarter-finals of Europe’s premier club competition.

In fact, Welbeck is only the third Arsenal player to score three goals in a single Champions League game since the European club competition was reformatted in 1992.

Thierry Henry was the first to do back in November 2002 when he led the Gunners to a 3-1 victory over AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

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