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Akpom’s Hat-Trick Seals Barclays Final For Arsenal

Nigerian starlet, Chuba Akpom fired a hat-trick yesterday to help his side, Arsenal beat Singapore Select XI, enroute final of Barclays Asian Trophy in Singapore.

They are now to face fellow Premiership side, Everton in the final match scheduled for Saturday Everton beat Stoke City in a penalty shootout to set a the final match clash with fellow Premier League side, Arsenal. Okpom has been tipped to break into Arsenal’s main squad this season and his performance is a testimony to what to expect from him.

Wenger used the match to give most of the youngsters he took on tour of Asia the chance to prove themselves. Everton and stoke played out a goalless draw at Singapore’s National Stadium, Everton’s the American goalkeeper, Tim Howard got a strong hand to turn away Van Ginkel’s effort in the second round of the shootout to give his side the upper hand.

With all of the other spot kicks successfully converted, Phil Jagielka found the top right corner with Everton’s final attempt to seal a 5-4 victory.

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