Perez Hat-Trick Sends Arsenal Top of the Group
It was a night Lucas Perez will remember for the rest of his career. The Spaniard recorded his first ever Champions League hat-trick in route to Arsenal’s 4-1 victory over FC Basel. As a result, the Gunners will finish in first place in Group A, as Paris Saint-Germain were held to a draw against Ludogorets.
Perez first found the back of the net in the eighth minute and proceeded to doubled the advantage less than ten minutes later. The hat-trick would be completed in the 47th minute, and Alex Iwobi made it 4-0 in the 53rd minute to effectively put the match away. Basel did manage to score a late consolation goal in the 78th minute to avoid the shutout.
Up next, Arsenal will await their opponents for the Round of 16 on Monday mornings draw. Basel are eliminated from European football, as Ludogorets advance to the Europa League.
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