Ozil hits hat-trick in Arse­nal rout

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Me­sut Ozil scored his first ever hat-trick as Arse­nal thrashed Lu­do­gorets Raz­grad 6-0 in their Cham­pi­ons League clash at the Emi­rates Sta­dium yes­ter­day evening.

Goals from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Wal­cott and Alex OxladeCham­ber­lain had put the Gun­ners in con­trol of their Group A clash be­fore a sec­ond-half tre­ble from Ozil en­sured that they wrapped up a sev­enth con­sec­u­tive win in em­phatic style.

The Gun­ners were the first to go close when Sanchez picked out Wal­cott, who got the luck of the bounce to leave him clean through but then opted to look for a pass rather than go­ing for goal.

Mo­ments later Sanchez was through him­self af­ter beat­ing the off­side trap, but the Chilean lacked con­vic­tion and the de­fence was able to scram­ble back and avert the dan­ger.

Sanchez made up for the missed op­por­tu­nity just a minute later, though, break­ing the dead­lock in style with a sub­lime lofted fin­ish from the left side of the penalty area.

Arse­nal did not have things all their own way, though, and Lu­do­gorets soon be­gan to cre­ate chances of their own, with David Ospina be­ing called into ac­tion to keep out Wan­der­son and Jonathan Cafu mid­way through the half.

An end-to-end pe­riod of the match then saw Cos­min Moti gift the ball straight to Ozil, only for the de­fender to atone for his er­ror and make an im­por­tant block.

Vir­gil Misid­jan was then de­nied by an im­por­tant in­ter­cep­tion from Ospina be­fore Arse­nal went straight up the other end and squan­dered a glo­ri­ous chance when Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain's pass was too heavy for Wal­cott, who would have been left with a sim­ple tap-in.

Lu­do­gorets con­tin­ued to fire warn­ing shots, though, and they came within inches of lev­el­ling the scores shortly af­ter the halfhour mark when Wan­der­son's low strike clipped the out­side of the post mo­ments af­ter Ospina had again got a hand to the ball when Misid­jan tried to take it around him.

Wal­cott was then de­nied by Vladislav Stoy­anov at the other end of the pitch, but the Lu­do­gorets keeper was at fault shortly be­fore half time as Wal­cott con­tin­ued his im­pres­sive form in front of goal with his sev­enth goal in his last six club games.

Ozil picked the winger out around 25 yards from goal and Wal­cott pro­ceeded to curl a pow­er­ful strike past the out-of­po­si­tion keeper, send­ing the hosts into the break with a twogoal ad­van­tage.

Even at 2-0 down, Lu­do­gorets would have gone into the in­ter­val still feel­ing as though they were in the match, but Arse­nal soon put it be­yond the Bul­gar­ian cham­pi­ons with a goal in­side the open­ing min­utes of the sec­ond half - Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain bury­ing a first-time fin­ish into the bot­tom corner af­ter the ball had fallen kindly for him.

A fourth goal ar­rived a lit­tle over 10 min­utes af­ter the restart when Ozil raced clean through on goal be­fore keep­ing his com­po­sure to slide the ball un­der the keeper.

Ozil al­most turned provider for a fifth with a lit­tle over 20 min­utes left, lift­ing a no-look chipped pass over for Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain, who saw his first-time vol­ley kept out by Stoy­anov.

The Ger­man was in a clin­i­cal mood him­self, though, and dou­bled his per­sonal tally seven min­utes from time be­fore cap­ping off his first ever pro­fes­sional hat-trick by lash­ing a first-time vol­ley into the bot­tom corner.

Arsene Wenger's side saw out the rout to stay top of Group A with seven points from three matches, while Lu­do­gorets re­main joint bot­tom with just one point to their name.

Arse­nal’s Me­sut Ozil re­joices af­ter scor­ing yes­ter­day Photo: AP

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