Eddie Nketiah bags hat-trick as Arsenal thrash Charlton ahead of Premier League restart

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Nketiah scored a hat-trick (Picture: MB Media/Getty)

Eddie Nketiah scored a hat-trick as Arsenal won a behind-closed-doors friendly against Charlton on Saturday.

Arsenal controlled proceedings at the Emirates, taking a 2-0 lead at half-time courtesy of goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Lacazette struck from outside the box to open the scoring, with Aubameyang scoring a curled effort after a darting run from the left-hand side to double the Gunners’ lead.

The second half was the Nketiah show.

His first goal was a scrappy one. He reacted quickest to a goalmouth scramble that came from a Dani Ceballos free-kick.

He then coolly slotted home a one-on-one to put Arsenal 4-0 up.

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Arteta’s side got the win (Picture: Getty)

He completed his hat-trick by heading home a cross from Joe Willock.

Willock then grabbed a goal of his own, finding the top-left corner from outside the area to cap off an impressive day at the office for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Arsenal return to Premier League action a week on Wednesday when they face defending champions Manchester City.

They will hope to make a last dash for a top-four spot but they are currently eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in ninth.

Should they win their game in hand against City, however, they will be right back in the mix, leapfrogging Spurs, Wolves and Sheffield United – although the Blades also have a game in hand against relegation-threatened Aston Villa – into sixth, just two points behind Manchester United.

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