Eddie Nketiah scored a second-half hat-trick as Arsenal returned to action with a 6-0 home win over Championship side Charlton Athletic.

In a behind-closed-doors friendly at the Emirates Stadium, coaching staff from both teams served as the match officials and the Gunners recorded an impressive victory.

Mikel Arteta named a strong line-up which included captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil.

It was Lacazette who opened the scoring with a powerful long-range shot, before strike partner Aubameyang made it two before half-time with a curling effort.

Former Leeds United loanee Nketiah then scored his treble, which was sealed with a header after previously netting from a goalmouth scramble and with a one-on-one finish.

His third goal had been set up by fellow substitute Joe Willock, who found the top corner himself shortly before the final whistle.

The Gunners will clash with Man City in a high profile match after the unprecedented Covid-19 break on 17th March 2020. It’ll be the first match of the return of football in England.

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