Arsenal warm-up by hitting Charlton for six

Arsenal 6-0 Charlton Athletic

ARSENAL stepped up their preparation for the return of the Premier League by recording a resounding 6-0 victory over Sky Bet Championship outfit, Charlton Athletic, in a match staged behind closed doors at the Emirates Stadium.

Eddie Nketiah led the way with a second-half hat-trick as the Gunners blew away the cobwebs following three months of inactivity.

Strikes from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the Gunners a two-goal advantage at the break. Joe Willock was also on target in a largely one-sided contest.

Arsenal fielded separate XI’s in each half. Mikel Arteta’s men face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, June 17 (8:15pm) when the competitive campaign resumes.

Arsenal XI (first-half): Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, David Luiz, Tierney,; Guendouzi, Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Arsenal XI (second-half): Martinez, Sokratis, Holding, Mari, Kolasinac; Ceballos, Xhaka, Pepe, Willock, Martinelli, Nketiah

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Brian Jeeves

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