Arsenal thrash MLS All-Stars as Rice and Havertz make marks

Arsenal thrash MLS All-Stars as Rice and Havertz make marks

Declan Rice made his Arsenal debut and Kai Havertz scored his first goal for the Gunners on Wednesday as Mikel Arteta’s squad defeated the Major League Soccer All-Star team 5-0 in an exhibition match at Audi Field.

Rice became the most expensive British athlete in history when Arsenal reportedly paid £105 million ($137.5 million, 122.4 million euros) to acquire the England midfielder from West Ham.

In the 65th minute, the England international was introduced from the bench to roaring applause from the overwhelmingly Arsenal-supporting crowd.

German Havertz, who joined Arsenal last month from London rivals Chelsea, was substituted in at halftime and scored the fifth goal in the 89th minute.
The Premier League runners-up kicked off their preseason tour of the United States with a magnificent chip by Gabriel Jesus in the fifth minute.

Jorginho played a shrewd pass out wide to Bukayo Saka, who then cut inside before the ball fell to Jesus, who took one look and lofted the ball in off the far post.

There was an opportunity for the MLS team coached by Wayne Rooney of D.C. United to respond quickly, but former Liverpool forward Christian Benteke mishandled the ball inside the penalty area.

Saka assisted Arsenal’s second goal in the 23rd minute by sprinting down the right flank and finding Leandro Trossard, who created space for himself and scored with a superb strike.

It was evident that Rooney hadn’t had time to do any tactical work with his team, which was comprised of players from across the North American division, as Arsenal completely dominated.

Rooney made five substitutions at halftime, but any chances of a comeback were dashed when St. Louis City defender Tim Parker handled Jesus’ attempted cross from close range.

It was a severe call, but Jorginho converted the penalty kick to make the score 3-0.

The injury to Trossard caused Arteta some concern, but his replacement, Gabriel Martinelli, made an immediate impression by scoring the fourth goal.

The MLS defense was breached by Martin Odegaard’s lofted pass to the Brazilian winger, who sprinted toward the net and buried his shot in the far, bottom corner.

Havertz completed the victory in the final minute by chesting down a Marquinhos cross and confidently striking the ball into the net.

Saka stated that the newcomers had an immediate impact on the team.

“I believe we demonstrated fragments of our playing ability. I’m really pleased with the new signings, how well they got along with the squad, and how well they integrated,” he told Apple TV.

Arsenal will now travel to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey to face Premier League rivals Manchester United before facing Barcelona in Los Angeles.

Arsenal thrash MLS All-Stars as Rice and Havertz make marks