Welbeck scores hat-trick as Arsenal beats Galatasaray

PARIS – Danny Welbeck answered former coach Louis van Gaal’s criticism in style yesterday, scoring a hat-trick in Arsenal’s 4-1 romp over Galatasaray in their Champions League group match while both Madrid clubs recorded wins.

Welbeck, let go by van Gaal as the Manchester United handler considered his scoring record was not what it should be, became only the sixth Englishman to score a Champions League hat-trick, celebrating Arsene Wenger’s 18th anniversary in charge of the club in style.

“That instinct of a goalscorer in Danny Welbeck was more aggressive and he finished well,” Wenger said.

“He has such good pace it gives him time to finish calmly.

“We had good pace in all areas and overall the performance was good.”

Borussia Dortmund, who outclassed Arsenal in their opening game, top the group as they eased to a 3-0 win away at Anderlecht, Adrian Ramos scoring a double after Italian international Ciro Immobile had given them an early lead.