Arsenal 4 Galatasaray 1
( Welbeck 22,30,52 Sanchez 41, Yilmaz 63 (pen) )

A few eyebrows were raised when Danny Welbeck became an Arsenal player in a £16million summer deal from Manchester United. Once the player expressed his happiness at making the switch to the capital city, anyone waiting to hear Arsene Wenger’s immediate thoughts had to keep on waiting, that is until we learned that the Arsenal manager was in Rome for a pre arranged meeting with the Pope. A few games on, and Wenger has seen what he has at his disposal, and witnessing that superb hat trick against Galatasaray and Wenger declared that he knew that Welbeck was quick, but described his striker’s scintillating pace as ” electric ” after he wreaked havoc on the Turkish side.

Two first half goals from Welbeck and an Alexis Sanchez strike gave the Gunners a comfortable 3-0 lead at the break. Welbeck grabbed his first ever treble with a delicate chip from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pass, but Wojciech Szczesny was shown a straight red card for brining down Burak Yilmaz. It was Yilmaz who put his side on the scoreboard after sending David Ospina the wrong way from the penalty spot. The solitary strike against would not deter Wenger him praising his side and one player in particular.

” He was on the end of good movements tonight and we had good pace in our game. Our transition play and our finishing was good, and Danny was at the end of good collective movements. Of course it’s good to see that he’s slowly gaining confidence and finishing well. It’s nice to see the potential is there and he’s starting to get there – hopefully that hat-trick will help him gain confidence. We had good pace and we had good transition from defence to attack, and on the left and right. We also had good pace through the middle and that gave them problems,” said Wenger.

Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta were out with injury and Jack Wilshere was on the substitutes bench, but it was an attack minded Arsenal who were sent out to get their first Champions League points of the season and erase that disappointing performance at Borussia Dortmund last time out. Welbeck was the outlet and his partners in attack, Mesut Özil, Sanchez and Oxlade-Chamberlain soon had the three man Galatasaray defence chasing shadows.

Welbeck was alert to Sanchez’s through ball midway through the first half and comfortably beat Fernando Muslera for the opener. Eight minutes later, Arsenal and Welbeck had doubled their tally. Defender Aurelien Chedjou’s attempted headed back pass lacked power and once Welbeck showed the strength and pace to see off Felipe Melo, Muslera was once again beaten.

Three minutes before the break and Özil picked a pass that found Sanchez. The ball at his feet, the Chile striker skipped past the the defence before slotting past Muslera for Arsenal’s third goal. An expectant Emirates crowd buzzed with the knowledge that in Welbeck they were seeing something special. The England man completed his hat tick seven minutes after the restart, running onto Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pass to clip the ball over Muslera.

His first treble in the bag, Arsenal’s new hero took time to drink in the adulation of his energised supporters. Szczesny’s red card and Arsenal down to ten men saw the visitors play as they know they can, but not even with Wesley Sneijder in their ranks were Galatasaray able to get back at the Gunners.

On his 18th anniversary to the very day he took over at Arsenal, Wenger acknowledged his players and perhaps one of the best Champions League nights seen at the Emirates. Melo should have received his marching orders for a horror tackle on Sanchez, but Wenger revealed that he withdrew him more with upcoming fixtures in mind rather that any injury.

” It could have been a red. I’ll have to see it again. It looked from where I was that it was a red. I took Alexis off to be a bit more solid defensively once we were down to 10 men. Unfortunately, in my life I haven’t met many players who are happy to come off.

” You never know how difficult it is before the game but I felt we had a good start. They were surprised by our pace in the game. We lost control of the game at 4-1 when we were down to 10 men. We needed a few good saves from David Ospina and then you could see that Galatasaray had quality. As soon as we allowed them to play they became a very dangerous team. Maybe at the start of the game, and the first hour, the pace was a problem for them.”

Having had time to reflect on Welbeck and what he brings to the game, Wenger expressed his happiness with his England striker, and what he had now learned since the 23 year old’s summer arrival.

” That he’s a good finisher. I believe that, technically, he’s very sound. That was a surprise that he’s technically clean and that he’s a good passer of the ball. I didn’t know he was so quick. Honestly, I knew he was quick but he can be electric when he starts – he has great pace.”

With Wenger eyeing more silverware to add to last season’s FA Cup win, the Arsenal manager knows that Welbeck’s pace will go a long way to delivering in both the domestic and European campaigns.