Three days after coming on as a substitute in the FA Cup match against Leeds and netting his side’s third, Robin van Persie provided all three goals during Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Wigan.
The striker was his side’s most dominant figure in the fixture, and his goal tally could have been even higher had he converted a second-half penalty in between his second and third strikes.
With these goals Van Persie has scored 7 goals in Arsenal’s last five matches.
The Dutch international has gradually been getting back to his old standard after recovering from an ankle injury picked up in an August 2010 match against Blackburn Rovers.
His return to form has seen Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh – who was employed as a lone striker for much of the term in the Dutchman’s absence – dropped to the bench, while Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner has become third choice.
The Dutchman’s hat-trick has allowed Arsenal to keep the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester United, who are two points clear with a game in hand after thrashing Birmingham City 5-0 on Saturday.