U18 Premier League
Arsenal 4 Manchester City 3
Coach Kwame Ampadu named a very strong side comprised mainly of second-years but it was City who took the lead through Lukas Nmecha in the 14th minute.
Arsenal were soon level, however, with Nketiah making it 1-1 after he finished well following good build up play from Joe Willock.
Nketiah proceeded to score again to put Arsenal in the ascendancy but Jadon Sancho’s strike meant that the two sides were level at the break.
The drama continued into the second half with the unlikely source of Tolaji Bola putting Arsenal back in front after he was feed up by Malen.
City refused to give up with Nmecha making it 3-3 from the penalty spot in an enthralling encounter.
Nketiah wasn’t finished, though, with the striker completing his hat-trick to put Arsenal 4-3 up.
There was a chance for another goal late on but Nketiah missed a penalty. It mattered little as the England youth international had already made the decisive contribution to the game.
Arsenal: Virginia; Osei-Tutu, Olowu, Medley, T. Bola; McGuane, Dasilva; Smith-Rowe (Dragomir, 68), J. Willock (Gilmour, 89), Malen; Nketiah. Subs not used: Crean, Ballard, Burton.