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2 July 2022

Sone on target for Town at London Colney

Town faced Arsenal in a behind-closed-doors pre-season friendly this afternoon.

The match took place at the Gunners' training ground, London Colney, with Mikel Arteta's men running out 5-1 winners in Hertfordshire.

Both sides played first-half XIs and second-half XIs.

Arsenal got off to a strong start and took the lead through Eddie Nketiah in the early stages. The Blues lost possession inside their own half, with the Gunners capitalising as Nketiah finished well.

Kieran McKenna's side had the next chance, but Pablo Mari got back in time to deny Freddie Ladapo following Conor Chaplin's lofted through ball.

Christian Walton produced a good double save in the 20th minute as he stopped Nketiah's header before improvising to clear the danger with his left leg as the striker looked to notch his and Arsenal's second on the rebound.

The Gunners' extended their lead midway through the first half as Sambi Lokonga fired in, before Nicholas Pepe almost found the back of the net with a curling effort.

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Nketiah notched a quick double to complete his hat-trick, with his third coming ten minutes before the break.

Sam Morsy tested Leno just before the half-time whistle; the German 'keeper getting low to his right to stop the midfielder's drive from just outside the area.

Lee Evans forced Arthur Okonkwo, Arsenal's second-half goalkeeper, into a save just minutes into the second 45 as his curling strike from the corner of the area was tipped over the corner of the crossbar.

Greg Leigh got up well from the resulting corner, but his header dropped inches wide.

Kyle Edwards then went close after beating two Arsenal players; his improvised effort curling a yard wide of Okonkwo's right post.

Folarin Balogun added a fifth for Arsenal after his first strike had come back off the foot of the woodwork, with Sone Aluko then drilling into the bottom corner from the edge of the box for Town.

Wes Burns, Edwards and Joe Pigott continued to threaten for McKenna's men, but the score remained the same in the Blues' second pre-season outing.

Albie Armin got minutes for Town in both the first and second half.

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Arsenal first half: Leno, Bellerin, White, Mari, Cedric, Partey, Maitland-Niles, Lokonga, Pepe, Nketiah, Nelson.

Arsenal second half: Okonkwo, Walters, Kirk, Awe, Sousa, Smith, Oulad-M'Hand, Patino, Hutchinson, Balogun, Flores.

Town first half: Walton, Donacien, Ball, Ndaba, Vincent-Young, Harper, Morsy, Penney, Chaplin, Hughes (Armin), Ladapo.

Town second half: Hladky, Woolfenden, Burgess, Leigh, Burns, El Mizouni, Evans, Humphreys (Armin), Edwards, Aluko, Pigott.

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