Eric Lichaj gets his dog after heroics against Arsenal

Shaun Botterill
The American fullback showed off his new pet on Tuesday despite not netting a hat trick against Arsenal

Eric Lichaj got his dog after all. 

"My wife told me if I get a hat-trick anytime during the year that I get a dog, so I was trying to get the penalty but [David] Vaughan told me politely — I don't want to say what he said to me... to go away," Lichaj told BT Sport after scoring twice against Arsenal in a stunning 4-2 FA Cup victory. 

Soon the hashtag #GetEricADog was trending on twitter, with fans pouring in the support for the Nottingham Forest hero to get his new friend. 

Now, it seems, Lichaj has done just that, despite coming up a goal short in his chase for a hat trick against the Gunners. 

Fittingly, Lichaj named his four-legged friend Gunner. 

Lichaj's wife probably never thought she'd have to pay off on the deal. The 29-year-old had never scored two goals in an English game before Sunday, and the likelihood of him ever finding a hat trick are still slim. 

But thanks to the hard work of fans the world over, he got his wish. 

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Lichaj and Forest face league matches against Aston Villa and Wolves before their fourth-round FA Cup clash with Hull City

And if you'd like to know a bit more about the American defender, you can check out a full profile of his career right here