Lucas hat-trick in Basel seals top spot for Arsenal

Perez (left) celebrates withMesut Ozil (second right) and Kieran Gibbs after scoring a goal.
Perez (left) celebrates withMesut Ozil (second right) and Kieran Gibbs after scoring a goal.PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Spanish striker Lucas Perez seized his chance to shine with a Champions League treble as Arsenal outclassed Basel 4-1 away to steal Group A top spot from Paris St Germain on Tuesday (Dec 6).

Perez, making only his fifth start since joining from Deportivo La Coruna for around £17 million (S$30 million) in August, struck twice from close range inside the opening 16 minutes.

He netted again two minutes after the break to become only the sixth Arsenal player to score a hat-tick in the competition.

Alex Iwobi made it 4-0 after 53 minutes and it could have been even better for Arsenal as Alexis Sanchez rattled the crossbar with a fizzing free kick.

The St Jakob-Park crowd finally had something to warm them on a cold night when substitute Seydou Doumbia flicked in a consolation after a skilful turn in the area.

Arsenal topped the group because PSG were surprisingly held 2-2 at home by Bulgarian side Ludogorets, who qualify for the Europa League at the expense of Basel.