Welbeck treble gives Arsenal victory

(AP Photo/ Tim Ireland)

LONDON (AP) Danny Welbeck scored his first career hat trick as Arsenal overpowered Galatasaray 4-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday and survived with 10 men for the last half-hour after goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was sent off.

Welbeck, who was allowed to leave Manchester United last month after his striking qualities were questioned by manager Louis Van Gaal, demonstrated just how he can thrive as a center forward.

"He had the instinct of a goal-scorer. He was aggressive and made great runs," Arsene Wenger said of Wellbeck, speaking on his 18th anniversary as Arsenal manager. "He has just good pace (and) it allows him to finish calmly."

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