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.

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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.

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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.

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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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