It only took Danny Welbeck two Champions League appearances with Arsenal to become only the sixth Englishman to score a hat-trick in the European competition. The23-year-old forward, who signed from Manchester United on Deadline Day, became only the third Gunner to score a hat-trick in the Champions League, after Thierry Henry and Nicklas Bendtner.
Welbeck, Totti, Motta....Names of the Champions League, Matchday 2 is a post from: Just Football
Names of the Champions League is a feature on Just Footballin which we look at the key names after each round of the tournament. With the group stage already a third of the way done, let's have a look at who stood out in week 2:
Francesco Totti (Roma)
In an attic somewhere in Rome there is an especially horrific painting of Francesco Totti, who broke Ryan Giggs' record to become the oldest player ever to score in the Champions League at 38 years and three days.
Having spent 18 years in charge of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger is still incredibly reluctant to dwell on past successes. Yet, as an avid student of the game, he would have also been keenly aware of a few key statistics ahead of Galatasaray's visit to the Emirates in the UEFA Champions League.
Arsenal have never lost to a Turkish side in regular time and Galatasaray have yet to record a win on English soil.
It has been another great round of Champions League matches, where all teams but three have managed to get points after two matches. CSKA Moscow are the only bad team, while Ludogorets Razgrad have been unlucky to lose to Liverpool and Real Madrid. In the meantime, Benfica, with two losses, must be the biggest disappointment so far.
Injured Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud will soon be rewarded with a two-year contract extension with the Gunners. Manager Arsene Wenger announced during his Tuesday press conference that the deal will be ironed out and completed shortly. The new contract will keep the France international at The Emirates until 2018.
Arsenal 1-1 Spurs Game in 10 Tweets is a post from: Just Football
Two Premier League derbies, two 1-1 draws. First at Anfield where a late Phil Jagielka screamer rescued a point for Everton at local rivals Liverpool, and then in this, the evening kick-off between North London partners in enmity, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
I have done many shameful things in my life, many things I regret and others which today fill me with embarrassment. You have always been like a son to me which brings me to perhaps the most shameful act of my life, well actually it is more a non-act because sometimes doing nothing is worse than doing something negative .
Welbeck, Vardy, Jedinak.... Names of the Premier League, week 5 is a post from: Just Football
It was a wild weekend for thePremier League. And while this edition ofNames of thePremier League- a weekly column onJust Footballwhere we offer you the best performers of the week might not be quite as wild, we certainly do our best.
Wenger finds shades of Henry in Welbeck - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsene Wenger accepts that his new centre-forward Danny Welbeck has tremendous potentials to be a top quality striker, but at the same time he admits the comparison with club legend Thierry Henry is too premature.
Morning all, welcome to a brand new week after what turned out to be a quite excellent weekend for us, all things told.
Having done what we needed to do at Villa Park on Saturday, Sunday brought a bounty of riches. And by riches I mean hilarious things to point and laugh at. Firstly, Man Utd were 2-0 up, then 3-1 up against Leicester but ended up down to 10 men and losing 5-3.
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Video GIF Danny Welbeck goal vs Aston Villa 2014 Welbeck's first Arsenal goal is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter This Danny Welbeck goal vs Aston Villa (VIDEO GIF BELOW) saw the former Man Utd striker score his first league goal in Arsenal colours in their game against Aston Villa on [.
In response to Mike Phelan's claims that Manchester United had "lost their way" following the sale of Danny Welbeck, Jason Burt wrote for The Telegraph about United's history of youth team players. He claimed "it is a myth that United have always had a team overbrimming with local players and youth team products".
Team Strengths: Arsenal's team strengths are ironically their midfield and forward depth (something that the Gunners have had issues with in the past) and passing ability. When all of the Gunners are healthy, the team has Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell, and Yaya Sanogo as options up front.
Post match thoughts on Arsenal's 2-0 defeat against Dortmund - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal's Champions League campaign got off to a poorstart as Borussia Dortmund scored on either side of half-time to secure a deserved victory. The Gunners were made to look ordinary and had Dortmund players been more clinical in front of goal, Arsenal might have been contemplating on one of the heaviest defeats of the competition and that is no exaggeration.
It was almost the perfect story. Little lad growing up in Longsight, joins the the club he supports at eight years old, progresses through the academy and finally bursts into the first team at only 17. Everything followed the script wonderfully. All that was left was for Danny to cement his place in the first team and eventually retire at the club he had supported at eight years old.
Whilst the likes of Gary Neville and Mike Phelan have criticised United for selling Danny Welbeck, Louis van Gaal says he has no doubts that he made the right decision, with Rafamel Falcao coming in Welbeck's place.
"I don't have any doubts because Falcao is, for me, one of the best strikers in the world," said van Gaal.
Well, that was much more like it. Not only a win but a convincing performance from which there were plenty of positives to be taken.
If there was little the manager could realistically do in terms of the personnel last night, there was still a bit of a surprise when Santi Cazorla was selected in the centre of midfield, just ahead of Mathieu Flamini.
Danny Welbeck scored his first ever hat-trick at senior level as Arsenal beat Galatasaray 4-1 at the Emirates tonight.
But him forgetting to actually get the match ball after the game was just hilarious and it show's just how down to earth the guy is anyone else would have ensured the ball was in his possession where as Welbeck was just delighted to grab his first hat-trick.
Morning all, and it's a busy one as we get set to face Man City.
It seems like it's been an age since our last game. Between the Interlull, worrying about injuries, and everything else that's gone on, the wait for this has been almost interminable, but here we are and there aren't many bigger tests than this to get ourselves going again.
Some mornings it's hard to know where to start. Not because of lack of material, but a glut of it.
Arsene Wenger met the press yesterday for the first time since the signing of Danny Welbeck. I'm loathe to add to the madness that has surrounded this story because it's such an Interlull inspired, nothing else to talk about, loonathon that it really doesn't merit it.