Gabriel Jesus and Martinelli score as Arsenal thrash MLS stars

July 20th
– 01:53

(updated at 1:59 am)

In pre-season in the United States, Arsenal entered the field this Wednesday (19) for another friendly. At Audi Field, in Washington, D.C., the Gunners thrashed MLS All-Stars, a team made up of Major League Soccer stars, 5-0.

One of the highlights of the English team was the Brazilian Gabriel Jesus. After all, he scored a beautiful goal and created the move that resulted in a penalty in favor of the Londoners.

The MLS All-Stars, which had no less than 28 players available, played with Bürki; Hollingshead, Glesnes, Zimmerman and Barreal; Martínez, Riqui Puig and Mukhtar; Bouanga, Benteke and Luciano Acosta. Among the reserves, by the way, well-known names, such as the Spaniard Carles Gil, formerly of Aston Villa, and Thiago Almada, world champion for Argentina.

The cast was assembled based on a vote involving fans, players and journalists. However, Wayne Rooney, coach of the team for the occasion, was also responsible for some choices.

On the other hand, manager Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal played Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel Magalhães and Kiwior; Jorginho, Trossard, Vieira; Saka, Nketiah and Gabriel Jesus. Midfielder Declan Rice, recently signed for the record sum of 116.6 million euros (R$ 629.24 million), started the friendly as an option on the bench.

MLS All Stars' Puig clashing with Arsenal's Trossard –

MLS All Stars’ Puig clashing with Arsenal’s Trossard –

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The game

After just five minutes, Gabriel Jesus scored a great goal after taking advantage of a rebound from the entrance to the area and finishing in the corner. Arsenal expanded to 22 after a new advance by Saka, who played for Belgian striker Trossard to finish.

In the final stage, three more goals. At two minutes, the referee awarded a penalty after an MLS All-Stars defender handled the ball inside the area. Jorginho, specialist in penalty kicks, did not waste: 3 to 0.

Arteta opted to field Rice at 19, and the former West Ham man made his debut for Arsenal. Gabriel Martinelli, who entered the second stage, and Kai Havertz, who received assistance from Marquinhos, formerly of São Paulo, turned the victory into a rout.

Arsenal decide the FA Super Cup on August 6 against Manchester City at Wembley. But, before that, he still plays three more games in the pre-season against Manchester United, Barcelona and Monaco, the last one for the Emirates Cup final.

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