Arsenal stepped up their preparations for the return of the Premier League with a 6-0 thumping of Charlton Athletic on Saturday at the Emirates in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

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Although Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had Arsenal two-up before the break, it was Nketiah who stole the show in the second have with a quickfire treble.

Joe Willock completed the scoring.

Starting XI: Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, David Luiz, Tierney; Guendouzi, Maitland-Niles; Nelson, Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette.

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