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25th June 2018

Mesut Ozil scores his first hat-trick as Arsenal smash Ludogorets in the Champions League

    Published: 20 October, 2016

    UEFA Champions League
    Arsenal 6, Ludogorets 0

    MESUT Ozil grabbed his first ever hat-trick as Arsenal demolished a gutsy Ludogorets side 6-0 in a ruthless Champions League display last night (Wednesday).

    The visitors had travelled all the way from the forests of Bulgaria and put in a bold first half display but ultimately paid the price for their audacity and were crushed in an emphatic win for the Gunners. 

    Arsenal opened the scoring after just 12 minutes when Sanchez wrong-footed two defenders before scooping the ball with his right foot with an outrageous chip over the flailing keeper Stoyanov.

    The Chilean striker was causing Ludogorets defenders all sorts of problems, snatching the ball at every opportunity and haring around the pitch like a terrier on heat.

    But the Bulgarians meant business, at least to start with, with forwards Wanderson and Cafu looking dangerous on the attack. Frustration built around the Emirates as the number of missed chances began clocking up.

    The turning point came when the newly-decisive Theo Walcott got bored with all the tinkering and tiki-taka triangles and casually struck the ball from outside the area into the back of the net to double Arsenal’s lead. The hosts never looked back.

    Fans had barely taken their seats after the break when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain latched onto a diverted Gibbs pass just after the whistle to make it 3-0, the visitors’ attacking style beginning to look foolhardy against an Arsenal side now unbeaten since the opening game of the season two months ago.

    Before the game Arsene Wenger had said he hoped Mesut Ozil would try and score more goals. “When you see him in training he basically scores when he wants”, he said, adding: “You speak with the keepers and he’s one of the most difficult players to predict where he will put the ball.”

    Whether it was the boss’ words of encouragement, or Ludogorets rapidly disintegrating defence, Ozil decided the time was ripe for him to join in the fun and carry home his first ever match ball.

    He latched onto a perfectly lofted pass from Cazorla for the first, combined with Perez to side-foot the second from 14 yards out and again for the third with a beautiful left-footed volley to complete the thrashing.



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