Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Danny's on Fire, but the Flares Spoil the Party

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Danny's on Fire, but the Flares Spoil the Party

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ARSENAL 4 GALATASARAY 1 DANNY Welbeck plundered a hat-trick as Arsenal got their Champions League campaign up and running with a 4-1 victory over Galatasaray at the Emirates Stadium, where play was halted in the first half after the Turkish away supporters threw flares onto the pitch. With England boss Roy Hodgson watching from the stands Welbeck, the PS16million deadline-day signing from Manchester United, produced a clinical display to put the Gunners back on course for qualification from Group D and mark manager Arsene Wenger's 18th anniversary in style.

However, governing body UEFA UEF are likely to launch an investigation into the unsavoury scenes 20 minutes into the match.

halted after Play was halted after several flares were jettisoned from the away end, Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and captain Wesley Sneijder helping restore calm as riot police surrounded the perimeter fences.

After a positive start and then surviving two dangerous counterattacks, Arsenal swept into the lead on 22 minutes when Welbeck converted a inch-perfect pass from Alexis Sanchez.

Welbeck doubled their lead on the half-hour with nother neat finish, this time latching on to a back header before running clear to beat the goalkeeper.

Sanchez slid home a third goal just before the break.

Welbeck completed his hat-trick on 52 minutes before Arsenal were reduced to 10 men when goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny pole axed Burak Yilmaz, who converted the resulting who converted the resulting Yp enalty. Colombian David Ospina made two smart saves during the closing stages as ARSENAL head to stages as nal head to Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday in confident mood.

Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday in confident mood.

Sanchez and club-record signing Mesut Ozil interc hanging down the left, backed up by W ith Sanchez and club-record signing Mesut Ozil interc hanging down the left, backed up by the quick feet of Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain marauding down the other flank at every opportunity, the Gunners showed plenty of attacking intent to support Welbeck in the early stages. …

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