Mesut Ozil surprised everybody with his first professional hat-trick

It came as no surprise that Arsenal took all three points at home to Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad, but the source of half the Gunners’ goals might well have shocked a few.

The north London side were on a run of six wins, and if Mesut Ozil’s Twitter account was to be believed, he was in no mood to see it come to an end.

The night began well for Mesut, who broke his run of games without an assist by helping Theo Walcott continue his hot streak.

That goal was Arsenal’s second, and effectively put the game to bed. Remember that Ozil tweet, though? The assist-king promised full power, and full power is what Ludogorets got.

After Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finished the game off as a contest with a third goal shortly after the half-time break, Mesut did the rest.

Another home Champions League goal for the World Cup winner.

And then a rare second for Arsenal’s record signing, making it 5-0 and quite the night for the Gunners.

But few would have predicted the man best-known for providing the goals, would nick three for himself.

Ozil joins a rather mixed list of Arsenal players with a Champions League hat-trick to their name.

Those contract talks just got a little more expensive, Arsene.

And while Arsenal’s night couldn’t have gone much better…

…there’s nothing like a Lionel Messi comparison to put things in perspective.

Spoilsport.

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