Football

Wenger hails 'electric' Danny

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has no doubt that Danny Welbeck will continue to go from strength to strength after the striker's hat-trick in the Champions League win over Galatasaray in a match, which was stopped during the first half when Turkish fans threw flares (above) onto the pitch.

With England boss Roy Hodgson watching from the stands, Welbeck, the £16-million ($33m) deadline-day signing from Manchester United, produced a clinical display to set up a 4-1 win which puts the Gunners back on course for qualification from Group D and marks Wenger's 18th anniversary in style.

Welbeck's cool finishes had put Arsenal 2-0 ahead, before Alexis Sanchez swept in a third. The 23-year-old England man then completed a first career hat-trick on 52 minutes.

Arsenal finished with 10 men after goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was shown a red card for bringing down Burak Yilmaz, who rifled home from the spot.

Wenger has no doubts Welbeck can go on and take his game to another level, with Arsenal set to head to English Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday.

"It is good that slowly he gains confidence and finishes well. Hopefully, the hat-trick will help him gain confidence," said Wenger.

"It is not just his finishing because he wants to help the team. His team play is good as well, his teamwork and work-rate.

"I believe that, technically, he is very sound, a good passer of the ball.

"Honestly, I knew he was quick, but he can be electric when he starts - he has great pace."

Galatasaray coach Cesare Prandelli admitted that their approach had proved costly.

"We should have played more aggressively. The Champions League is a big tournament and we should come ready," the Italian said.

"It is important for us to understand where we made mistakes and where we can develop - it is up to us to correct it." - PA Sport.