Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck scored a sensational hat trick against Galatasaray in the Champions League last night, but admitted that he forgot to collect the match ball after the game, having not scored a hat trick at a first team level before, as reported by the Daily Star.
The former Man Utd striker, who moved to the Gunners on deadline day in a £16 million move, had only scored one goal for the north London side before yesterday’s game, but put the Turkish side to the sword by scoring three spectacular goals.
This belied some criticism of the striker that existed shortly after his move, when he was often referred to as a poor finisher when given an opportunity.
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Having shown his critics how wrong they were, Welbeck admitted that he was not prepared for what to do afterwards.
Welbeck said: “I forgot the match ball, didn’t I, but I will get it after.
“My last hat-trick was probably for Manchester United reserves. This is the first of my professional career.”
He did eventually collect the ball, which he had signed by all of his teammates.
Arsenal have confirmed their starting line up for the match against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League tonight, which is the opening game of the group stage for both sides.
The Gunners have started the new season in decent form, although a series of injuries have hampered their fluidity.
They have managed a solitary win in the league, on the opening day against Southampton, when they beat the south coast club 2-1.
Elsewhere, there have been draws against Everton and Leicester away from home.
The weekend saw them host Manchester City in the league, and they managed a 2-2 draw against the reigning Premier League champions, although they did lead going into the latter stages of the contest.
A series of injuries have hit the first team, however, with the extended absence of Mathieu Debuchy now hampering the squad even further. As a result, youngster Hector Bellerin starts against Dortmund, who finished second in the Bundesliga last season.
Danny Welbeck also starts up front, continuing on from the weekend. Welbeck is one of few Arsenal options in that position after the injury suffered by Olivier Giroud.
The line up is as follows:
Arsenal face their first stern test of the season today as Manchester City travel to the Emirates Stadium, but with two struggled draws against Everton and Leicester City, manager Arsene Wenger will be tempted to change up the formula ahead of the clash.
The addition of Danny Welbeck to the side gives them a new option up front, and one who can run onto the opportunities crafted by the likes of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez behind him. Due to the injury suffered by Olivier Giroud, he will almost certainly start for his new side, and the fans will be hoping he can match up to his display for England on Monday last week.
The injury suffered by Aaron Ramsey while playing for Wales means that Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere will play in midfield, although Ramsey could yet start if he has proven his fitness in training.
A defence of Mathieu Debuchy, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs also seems likely, with Wenger finally having his full range of defenders available to him. Calum Chambers has impressed, but a tough game of this sort is not the place to risk a young defender who is still finding his way at a new club, and generally in a new position too.
Despite David Ospina finally regaining his fitness, Wojciech Szczesny will almost certainly start. Ospina is likely to gain more opportunities as Arsenal enter the cup competitions, with a chance of taking the Polish goalkeeper’s place away from him.