Arsenal’s big-money signing, Declan Rice, wasted no time making an impact on his new team as they kicked off their US tour with an impressive 5-0 victory over Wayne Rooney’s MLS All-Stars. Just days after completing his £105 million move from West Ham, the 24-year-old midfielder made his debut for the Gunners, showcasing his skills 3,660 miles away from the Emirates Stadium in Washington DC.
The Gunners got off to a flying start with an early goal from Gabriel Jesus, who displayed remarkable finesse with an audacious clipped effort from the edge of the box. Leandro Trossard added to the lead with a powerful strike from outside the box, putting Arsenal in a commanding position.
In the second half, Jorginho converted a penalty, and Gabriel Martinelli added another goal with a composed finish. Kai Havertz, in his first appearance for Arsenal, sealed the victory with a close-range effort in the 89th minute.
The game also saw the introduction of new signings Jurrien Timber and Declan Rice, both of whom received warm receptions from the Arsenal faithful. However, the night was not as pleasant for Rooney’s side, as they struggled to break down the resilient Gunners defense.
Arsenal supporters at Audi Field in Washington DC were treated to an early display of attacking brilliance, as Gabriel Jesus found the net within five minutes. Rooney’s All-Stars fought hard to respond but were unable to find a breakthrough against the well-organized Arsenal defense.
The Gunners extended their lead with Trossard’s thunderous right-footed strike from distance, showing that the team’s attacking prowess is in full force. While Jesus and Trossard nearly combined for a third goal, it was Jorginho’s penalty that ultimately gave Arsenal a comfortable cushion.
The second half saw Timber and Rice make their much-anticipated debuts for Arsenal. The team continued to dominate, and Martinelli’s clinical finish in the 84th minute put the game further out of reach for the MLS All-Stars. Havertz completed the rout with a composed finish in the dying moments of the match.
Despite the one-sided nature of the game, both teams showed moments of quality, providing an entertaining spectacle for the fans in attendance. As the Gunners embark on their US tour, they will be eager to build on this impressive victory and continue their preparations for the upcoming season.
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