Arsenal fans were given every reason to celebrate as Arsene Wenger’s side beat Galatasaray by a heavy margin of 4-1. Summer signing Danny Welbeck showed sublime form by scoring a hat-trick. The English forward is only the third Arsenal player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League after Thierry Henry and Nicklas Bendtner.
Celebrating his 18th anniversary with the club, Arsene Wenger expressed his delight over the victory and was full of praise talking about former Manchester United striker, Welbeck.
“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.” – said the Arsenal manager.
Arsenal’s victory comes at a good time as the Gunners will gain a lot of confidence before the upcoming London derby against Chelsea this Sunday. The victory also improves their position in the Champions League group stage despite the dismal start to their campaign.
Arsenal were a dominant force in the first half but looked lost after they were reduced to 10 men.
“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.” – is what Arsene Wenger had to say about the opponents.
Another good news for The Gunners is that Wilshere is fully fit and Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the midfielder will be able to play the full 90 minutes against Chelsea. However, when asked about Chelsea, the Arsenal boss brushed the topic aside insisting that it was not the time to talk about Chelsea. The manager instead focused on David Ospina’s performance. The goalkeeper came on as a substitute after Szczezny was sent off.
The manager also spoke about Szczezny’s performance and his concentration levels.
“We lost the ball, an unnecessary mistake in our own half, and after that it was a through ball. I saw him coming out and I thought he may have read the situation well. He tried to come out and was fraction late so he conceded the penalty. It can happen. I think the fact is that we’re more guilty of losing the ball in our own half – it can be dangerous and we didn’t defend too well on that front.” – is what Wenger had to say about the Szczezny red card.
Arsenal travel to the Stamford Bridge to face the league leaders, Chelsea, on Sunday. The game will be an important one and beating Mourinho’s side will be what Wenger will aim for. The big win against Galatasaray will be a boost and the lack of confidence in the camp might not be a concern for Arsene Wenger.