We ended our pre-season campaign on a high as they thrashed Sevilla 6-0 to win the Emirates Cup, with Gabriel Jesus making an instant impression on his new fans by scoring a hat-trick.
A host of ability were treated to four goals in the opening 20 minutes, thanks to braces from Bukayo Saka and Jesus, with the Brazilian striker completing his hat-trick in the 77th minute before Eddie Nketiah stepped in in the final minute.
The performance, clinical finish and clean sheet ensured it was a wonderful afternoon’s work for Mikel Arteta’s men, who look well prepared for the Premier League from day six.
A start with four midables
The mood was good at the Emirates Stadium before kick-off, which only increased for the first 20 minutes as we went wild and found the net four times to stun our opponents.
The scoring started in the 10th minute when Martin Odegaard clipped an overhead ball for Saka to chase, which was inexplicably pushed by Karim Rekik, leaving referee Andy Madley no choice but to award a penalty, which Saka brought home.
The lead was quickly doubled two minutes later when Ben White’s cross pass spotted Jesus on the left touchline, who then found Granit Xhaka. After fighting his way into the box, his low cross was parried by Bono in the way of the rushing Jesus, who had the simple task of hiding the chance.
And after giving the majority of supporters a first glimpse of his famous telephone party in Arsenal colors, he returned the cover two minutes later. Again the threat descended on the left, but this time through Gabriel Martinelli, and with the Sevilla defense asleep, a teasing cross allowed Jesus to race from behind and send the delivery into the net.
Sevilla had completely lost their minds, and that was illustrated by our fourth goal. A routine pass to Bono saw the goalkeeper send a low clearance straight to Saka, whose first effort went through the keeper’s legs to cap off an incredible start.
More joy for Jesus
Cheer spread in the stadium, and no more than on the pitch, with Arteta’s side producing plenty of smooth, threatening-looking passes every time they entered the final third.
In a few rare forward forays for the visitors in the first half, Youssef En-Nesyri fired a shot wide wide before heading straight for Aaron Ramsdale – a feat Thomas Partey repeated after a corner, before A remarkable half did end with Bono recovering some. redemption by making a double save to deny both Jesus and Odegaard, then denying Martinelli one-on-one.
It was a much tighter affair immediately after the break, with Rekik heading for a corner just wide 10 minutes into the restart, but we were working through the gears again and after Jesus dragged a 25 attempt meters wide, Oleksandr Zinchenko picked Odegaard in the box but he exploded.
Midway through the second half, there was almost a delightful goal to cheer on when Partey kicked a ball across the backline for Xhaka, and his side volley narrowly missed the top corner, but in the 77th minute, the long wait for another goal has come to an end.
A Martinelli corner caused havoc as Gabriel forced Bono into a close-range save, but Jesus was on hand to bring home the rebound, complete his hat-trick and register his seventh goal in just five pre-season outings.
White almost set his sights on the result when a clever free-kick routine saw him attempt to lob Bono but he drifted wide, but in the final minute a sixth was added when Xhaka showed good skill at play Martinelli, and after carrying the ball 40 yards, the Brazilian generously squared Nketiah to complete the rout.
The final whistle was met with delighted applause from those present, who stayed to watch Odegaard get his hands on the Emirates Cup trophy to mark our sixth triumph in the competition’s history.
Next Friday we kick off the 2022/23 Premier League campaign against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park as we aim to start the season with a bang, before welcoming Leicester City to the Emirates Stadium for our first home league game on Saturday August 13.
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