Nketiah’s second-half hat-trick helps Arsenal defeat Charlton Athletic 6-0 in friendly

Nketiah second half hat-trick ensures Arsenal defeat Charlton Athletic 6-0 in friendly

Arsenal Football Club, nicknamed the gunners for the first time since the 2019/2020 English Premier League (EPL) was stopped because of the COVID-19 pandemic returned to action on Saturday

The club defeated Charlton Athletic 6-0 in a friendly at an empty Emirates Stadium.

Premier League clubs were this week given the all-clear to play friendlies ahead of the scheduled restart on June 17, following a three-month stoppage.

Arsenal hosted second-tier Charlton Athletic behind closed doors and with officiating roles carried out by club staff.

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Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored before halftime while academy graduate Eddie Nketiah grabbed a second-half hat-trick.

Joe Willock was also on target.

Arsenal, who are ninth in the league standings, are away to Manchester City on June 17.

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