Arsenal are off and running in the Champions League after an opening week defeat to Borrusia Dortmund, with Arsene Wenger’s side on this occasion proving far superior to Galatasaray.
Danny Welbeck scored three times to take his Arsenal tally to four this season, while fellow summer acquisition Alexis Sanchez was also on the scoresheet after missing the weekend clash with Tottenham.
It was a morale boosting win for an Arsenal side beset by injury troubles, and they will travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to face Chelsea resurgent, although perhaps not confident.
Wojciech Szczesny - 5
Hardly had anything to do before he was called into action to prevent Burak Yilmaz bearing down on goal in the second half, but proceeded to wipe out the Galatasaray striker. It was a challenge worthy of a red card, and is Szczesny’s second for Arsenal in the Champions League.
Calum Chambers - 6.5
Never looks quite as comfortable on the right-side of defence as he does in the middle, and will be more than happy for evening’s like this if he continues to retain his place in the absence of Mathieu Debuchy.
Rarely troubled by a toothless Galatasaray side, and was always sensible enough to serve the ball to his attackers quickly.
Per Mertesacker 6.5
Was worryingly exposed during Arsenal’s defeat away to Borussia Dortmund on matchday one of this season’s Champions League, but faced a far simpler task against Galatasaray. The sort of assured performance we have come to expect, and dealt well with Yilmaz.
Laurent Koscielny - 6.5
He and Mertesacker enjoyed a relatively untroubled night and got the job done with relative ease. Would have been disappointed not to end the match with a clean sheet, but the goal came from the spot.
Kieran Gibbs - 6.5
Always solid in defence, but still far from the finished article going forward. Some hopeful crossing wasted important positions for his team, but still worked hard to the last, making an important challenge despite Arsenal being 4-1 to the good.
Mathieu Flamini - 7
His greater defensive prowess compared to Mikel Arteta was evident from the word go, and the Frenchman’s ability to break up the play and release Arsenal’s forwards allowed them to regularly attack with pace. Booked.
Santi Cazorla - 7.5
Given greater responsibility than usual with a move into the centre, Cazorla’s performance suggested he perhaps ought to have been afforded more starts than Arsene Wenger has been willing to give him this season. Very nearly scored in stoppage time.
Mesut Ozil - 8
Involved in most good things for Arsenal during their decisive first-half salvo, attacking with great pace and intent while linking up nicely with Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez. Provided the assist for the latter to score, subbed for Jack Wilshere in the second half.
Alexis Sanchez - 8
Back in the starting line-up having been benched, or perhaps rested, for the north London derby, and responded with a typically industrious and dangerous display. Provided a lovely assist for Welbeck to open the scoring before netting himself. Subbed for David Ospina after Szczesny’s red.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - 8.5
Arsenal’s embarrassment of attacking midfield riches have prevented Oxlade-Chamberlain from starting as regularly as he would like, but this performance will be a timely reminder to his manager.
Looked like Arsenal’s most threatening player every time he had the ball, and Galatasaray could not handle his pace. Provided the assist for Welbeck’s third subbed for Tomas Rosicky in the second-half.
Danny Welbeck - 9 (man-of-the-match)
A first professional hat-trick for Welbeck, and a very well taken one at that. The comparisons to Thierry Henry will continue after this performance, particularly following the finish for his second goal. Only disappointment is that he did not score more.
Subs: David Ospina, Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere.
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