Olivier Giroud’s hat-trick in Arsenal’s emphatic Champions League victory over Olympiacos last week made him the latest Gunners player to score a European treble.
It was the Frenchman’s first three-goal haul for the club and helped fire Arsene Wenger’s side through to the knockout stages to complete the great escape.
Giroud now seems to be coming good just over three years on from his move from Montpellier, and his performance in Greece puts him amongst elite company.
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Here are the other Arsenal strikers to score a treble in Europe, with a few club 'legends' amongst them.
THIERRY HENRY VS ROMA
In September 2002, Wenger’s men were the defending Premier League champions and travelled to the Stadio Olympico to face Roma in their group stage clash.
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It was to be a memorable night for the English side, as Henry’s hat-trick made him the first player for the club to achieve such a haul in Europe’s top-tier competition.
His achievement also saw him become only the fifth player to score a treble for an English club, with Mike Newell, Tino Asprilla, Andy Cole and Michael Owen all doing it before him.
A youthful Antonio Cassano opened the scoring for the Serie A side, but Henry’s stellar showing gave Wenger a crucial three points in one of Europe’s most inhospitable grounds.
NICKLAS BENDTNER VS PORTO
Yes Arsenal fans, that’s right. Nicklas Bendtner joins Giroud and Henry in scoring three goals in a match on the European stage.
Having lost the first leg 2-1 in Portugal, the heat was on for the Gunners to overturn the deficit and Bendtner rose to the occasion to fire them through to the quarter-finals of the competition.
It came just three days after he endured the wrath of supporters as a series of misses nearly cost the club a crucial domestic victory over Burnley.
Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Eboue were also on the scoresheet, but the Londoners were eliminated in the next round by Barcelona.
DANNY WELBECK VS GALATASARAY
Just over a month after joining from fierce rivals Manchester United, Danny Welbeck hit a treble to silence his doubters, particularly Louis van Gaal.
The forward, who was discarded to make room for Monaco loanee Radamel Falcao on Transfer Deadline Day, put Galatasaray to the sword on an entertaining evening at the Emirates Stadium.
It was the first hat-trick of his career, but his maiden season in north London stunted in the months that followed.
At the time, however, it drew comparisons with Henry, and Arsenal fans will be praying he returns from injury a better player than before.
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