You never doubted Lucas Perez – did you?
The Spanish summer signing, who made his first Champions League start for Arsenal in Switzerland on Tuesday night, bagged a hat-trick as the Gunners topped Group A with a 4-1 win over Basel.
The former Deportivo La Coruna man got Arsene Wenger’s side off to a flying start with a brace inside 16 minutes, before rounding off his triple two minutes into the second half.
A fourth Gunners goal from youngster Alex Iwobi put the result beyond doubt, before Seydou Doumbia pulled one back for the hosts.
Thanks to a shock result in Paris, with Ludogorets holding French champions PSG to a draw, Arsenal finished top of their group meaning, theoretically, that they should be met with an easier draw in the round of 16.
The performance of Perez, who has faltered and suffered from injury since his arrival, caught many fans off guard and they did not hide their surprise on social media…
Oh my God Perez is unreal
PEREZ CHAMPIONS LEAGUE HAT TRICK. WOW.
— ARSENAL (@Artekkers) December 6, 2016
Lucas Perez… WOW
— erol alkan (@erolalkan) December 6, 2016
How about a hat-trick in your first ever Champions League start? Lucas Perez, ladies and gentleman.
— AFC Dan (@ArsenalFCDan) December 6, 2016
Well how about that Lucas Perez hat trick! This is potentially quite the day for the Gunners!
— Mark Followill (@MFollowill) December 6, 2016
Lucas Perez definitely needs more game time. This guy knows how to score! #BASvAFC
— zafar (@zafar_96) December 6, 2016