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Arsenal have finished their preseason campaign with a scintillating 6-0 win over Sevilla in the Emirates Cup.
The Gunners started the game on fire and found themselves 4-0 up in just 18 minutes.
The goals came in a 9-minute spell, as both Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Jesus scored a brace.
For the rest of the half, Arsenal was comfortable and kept the score at 4-0.
Jesus made it a hattrick on the 77th minute, with a quick touch and finish inside the box, after Gabriel’s header was saved off the line.
Substitute Eddie Nketiah dealt the final blow, as Gabriel Martinelli squared the ball for him to tap home into an empty net.
Arsenal looked dangerous every time they went forward, and on the rare occasion they had to defend, they near enough stopped any dangerous attacks from Sevilla.
The win ends Arsenal preseason, as they get ready to begin the Premier League season in six day’s time.
Arsenal results in pre-season this summer:— afcstuff (@afcstuff) July 30, 2022
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Here are your player ratings:
Aaron Ramsdale: 7
Another neat performance from Ramsdale.
He didn’t have much to do throughout the game, but his distribution was key and commanded his box well.
Ben White: 7
White showed us how important his versatility is, as he can fill in for Tomiyasu when he is unfit.
The England international played well, however lost the ball cheaply a few times trying to overplay.
However, he showed his ability to come forward dangerously and join in with the attacks, like Zinchenko.
William Saliba: 9
In his first home game, Saliba once again was a key member of the defence, stopping attacks with his pace and strength.
He also showed he can play with the ball, moving it forward and starting attacks.
It would be no shock to Arsenal fans if he starts against Crystal Palace on Friday night.
Gabriel Magalhaes: 8
Gabriel’s partnership with Saliba seems to be getting stronger and stronger each game.
There was multiple times Arsenal seemed short at the back when being countered, but both defenders shut down nearly all attacks.
He also came close to a goal, when his header was saved off the line before Jesus scored the 5th goal.
Oleksandr Zinchenko: 8
In just his second game for the Gunners, Zinchenko impressed yet again.
Starting in left back, the Ukrainian made an impact both defensively and going forward.
He played in a very high role, almost as a midfielder when Arsenal had the ball, and played some lovely passes forward.
Thomas Partey: 8
Partey wasn’t seen a lot today, however when on the ball he showed us how key he is to Arsenal attacks.
He made it tick in the middle of the pitch, making the game look easy, and won some key duels when he needed too.
Granit Xhaka: 8
The Swiss midfielder showed a different side to his game today, making deep runs into the box and causing a threat to the Sevilla defence.
Xhaka had a few chances to put the ball into the net but couldn’t capitalize on the opportunities.
He also covered for Zinchenko in the left back role well when he had too.
Martin Odegaard: 9
On the day he was announced captain, Odegaard showed fans exactly why he was given such an important role.
Nearly every Arsenal attack came through him today, and his quality in the final third is simply sensational, and Sevilla couldn’t get near him.
His cute chip pass to Saka before he won a penalty was sublime, and there will be many more of them once the season begins.
Bukayo Saka: 9
A brace for the star boy, as he shows his class yet again in Arsenal colours.
He won and scored the penalty in the opening minutes, and then Arsenal’s high press allowed him to finish off the goalkeeper’s mistake to make it 4 in just 18 minutes.
Gabriel Martinelli: 8
Despite not getting on the scoresheet, Martinelli’s impact was huge for Arsenal.
His cross for the 3rd goal was perfectly executed, and his runs in behind was causing headaches for Sevilla defenders.
Him and Jesus seemed to swap positions constantly which provided Arsenal with the ability to attack from all angles.
He also set up the 6th and final goal, with his ace to get in behind and one on one with the keeper, but unselfishly squared it to Nketiah for him to tap home.
Gabriel Jesus: 10
Three goals and the man of the match award in his first game at the Emirates, Jesus showed us exactly why he was bought at the start of the window.
Every goal proved to us just how much of a threat he is, as his movement and quick finishing was like watching Ian Wright.
The Arsenal number 9 moved out onto the left often and was key in the build-up play to many chances.
Jesus will undoubtably be the key man for Arsenal this year and a huge threat to defenders every time he puts on Arsenal colours.
Eddie Nketiah: 8
Eddie came on in the 79th minute, and it took just 9 minutes to score the 6th and final goal with an easy tap into an open net.
Granit Xhaka’s skill & through ball sends Gabriel Martinelli through on goal, who then unselfishly squares to Eddie Nketiah to score Arsenal’s 6th goal against Sevilla this afternoon! #afc pic.twitter.com/vDVSUtHXHh— afcstuff (@afcstuff) July 30, 2022
Arsenal will be hoping they can bring their pre-season form into the Premier League, as they face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Friday night to start the season.
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