Their most high-profile signing of the summer, Petr Cech, was made to wait for his debut as Arsene Wenger selected a side which mixed first-team stars with promising youngsters - some of which you may see head out on loan come the start of the campaign, or participate in the League Cup.
He opened the scoring by rounding off a flowing counter-attack on the half-hour mark, with the 19-year-old taking full advantage of the opportunity offered to him by Wenger after three loan spells at Football League clubs in recent seasons.
Naturally, Wenger made a few changes at half time and throughout the second half in an effort to ensure that as many players got the chance to work on their fitness as possible, and the second 45 minutes proceeded very much like the first, with the Gunners well in control of proceedings.
Mathieu Debuchy played for much of the encounter and was taken down on the hour mark to give Arsenal the chance to double their lead from the penalty spot - with the resulting effort duly converted by Jack Wilshere.
Another 15 minutes would pass before the FA Cup holders were awarded another spot-kick, after Jon Toral was brought down when trying to round the keeper, which Akpom this time dispatched clinically to get his second of the game. He rounded off his hat-trick moments later with a header from Hector Bellerin's terrific cross.
The Gunners' next game is against Everton on Sunday in the Asia Cup final after the Toffees overcame Stoke City on penalties.
Here are some of the best images from Arsenal's win: