Chuba Akpom scored a hat-trick as Arsenal reached the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy with a 4-0 win over a Singapore Select XI.

The striker showed his qualities with three well taken goals, including a penalty, while Jack Wilshere also scored from the spot.

The Gunners dominated possession in a cagey first half but created few chances.

The young pairing of Akpom and Alex Iwobi combined well up front and it was the latter who forced Izan Mahbud into a good save with a shot from a tight angle.

Mahbud continued to impress and did well to parry a drive from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

But he could do nothing about the goal which came from a swift counter attack with Akpom lashing the ball in first time from eight yards.

Mahbud came to the rescue again before the break, racing off his line to block Iwobi’s attempted chip.

The second half was a big improvement from the visitors and they coasted to victory with two penalties.

First, Mathieu Debuchy was brought down in the box by Sirina Camara after a tangle of legs and Wilshere stepped up and confidently stroked his spot-kick home.

Then, substitute Jon Toral was brought down by the keeper and Akpom slotted in his spot-kick into the bottom corner.

And the 19-year-old ensured he took the match ball home after meeting Hector Bellerin’s cross with a header from six yards out.

The result means Arsene Wenger’s side will face Everton in the final on Saturday afternoon.


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