June 7, 2020 / 3:20 AM / 25 days ago

Arsenal beat Charlton 6-0 in friendly

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - May 17, 2020 General view outside the stadium. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal returned to action for the first time since the Premier League was stopped because of the COVID-19 pandemic as they beat Charlton Athletic 6-0 in a friendly at an empty Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Premier League clubs were this week given the all-clear to play friendlies ahead of the scheduled restart on June 17, following a three-month stoppage.

Arsenal hosted second-tier Charlton behind closed doors and with officiating roles carried out by club staff.

Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored before halftime while academy graduate Eddie Nketiah grabbed a second-half hat-trick. Joe Willock was also on target.

Arsenal, who are ninth in the standings, are away to Manchester City on June 17.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Toby Davis

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