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Watch: Eddie Nketiah bags 35-minute hat-trick as Partey & Lokonga star in Arsenal pre-season rout



Premier League outfit Arsenal returned to action with a bang on Saturday, with one member of Mikel Arteta's squad having stolen the headlines.

The player in question? Eddie Nketiah.

Pre-season preparations are already well underway on the red half of north London, with those members of the Gunners' ranks not afforded a call-up to international duty this month being put through their paces by boss Arteta.

And this afternoon, such endeavours were stepped up.

In the club's first fixture since the close of the 2021/22 campaign, Arsenal welcomed League One outfit Ipswich Town to London Colney, for a behind-closed-doors friendly.

And the day's hosts were not at all shy in making their superiority known, en route to an eventual 5-1 triumph.

As alluded to above, hitman Nketiah, fresh off committing his long-term future to the capital giants courtesy of a new contract, proved the star of the show, notching a hat-trick inside the opening 35 minutes of play.

Elsewhere, Albert Sambi Lokonga was also on target, before Folarin Balogun rounded out the scoring in the 2nd-half.

The likes of Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe and Ainsley Maitland-Niles too played key roles in a strong Arsenal XI over the course of the opening 45 minutes, with highlights of all five of the Gunners' goals showcased below:


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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.



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