Wenger hails hat-trick hero Lucas ‘He has a smell for the goal’

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Arsene Wenger praised the killer instinct of Lucas Perez after he marked his first Champions League start for Arsenal with a hat-trick against Basel.

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The 28-year-old scored twice in the first half before adding a fine third just after the break as the Gunners romped to a 4-1 victory in their final group game in Switzerland.

Wenger was delighted with the poacher’s instinct shown by a player who has struggled to find fitness and a place in Arsenal’s first-team plans since joining from Deportivo La Coruna in August.

“I think Perez took advantage of the fact we created good chances,” he toldBT Sport. “He is a goalscorer you know, he has shown he has a good smell for the goal.”

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