EDDIE NKETIAH had a hat-trick as Arsenal defeated Charlton Athletic 6-0 in a friendly.
The academy graduate, who made his way into Mikel Arteta’s first team plans, scored his three goals in the second half.
The Arteta Gunners are counting on their return to the Premier League on June 17 when they travel to Manchester City.
They enjoyed a perfect warm-up on Saturday afternoon in the Emirates, playing behind closed doors.
Star duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette scored goals as Arsenal drove in the first period.
Lacazette scored a long-distance effort to open the scoring, with Aubameyang bending a scoring effort from the left flank in the far corner.
Nketiah caught his first goal after a scuffle, before coldly converting one to one.
He returned home his third after an impressive ball from his colleague Joe Willock.
There was still time for Willock to grab his own goal, hitting the first shot from the edge of the box in the upper corner.
Arsenal Invincible Ray Parlor says the last nine games of the season are massive and will play a major role in how Mikel Arteta will shape his team next season – with Aubameyang’s future a huge concern.
Romford Pele told TalkSPORT, “I think they have to try to keep most of their best talent, I’m talking about Aubameyang and people like that, if they want to have a chance to try to get into the Champions League.
“I think it will largely depend on the last nine games of this season, I think they still have a glimmer of hope that you never know which teams above them will come back and hit the field.
” If they [Arsenal] can come back and hit the ground running and get a good start to the season, obviously the Man City game is going to be very important, if they can get something out of it that will give them a lot of confidence in the future.
“Champions League football is so important to a lot of players these days, so Aubameyang, if they can sneak in, could sign a new contract, I don’t know.
“If they don’t, then he could be on his way and suddenly you have to replace a striker who scores all of your goals. ”
More follows …