Arsenal Thrash MLS All-Stars

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The All-Star Game against Arsenal, revealed just how the gap between American competition and Europe’s elite was strikingly evident. The Gunners dominated with a resounding 5-0 victory, captivating a packed crowd at Audi Field.

The MLS attackers struggled to find a cutting edge, but it was the league’s defenders who appeared most out of their depth. Cincinnati’s Alvaro Barreal endured a tough time on the right flank, relentlessly targeted by Bukayo Saka, who exposed his defensive vulnerabilities. Saka’s brilliant play led to a beautifully chipped opening goal by Gabriel Jesus

Barreal’s challenges continued as he earned a yellow card for a foul on Saka in the 18th minute, and shortly after, Saka again got the better of him, providing an assist to Leandro Trossard for the second goal.

The first half ended with MLS collecting four yellow cards, and their attacking play lacked cohesion in the final third. Hany Mukhtar’s passing was wasteful, Christian Benteke had a clumsy touch in front of goal, and Denis Bouanga struggled to make an impact, save for a few bursts of speed.

The second half started on a sour note for the hosts, as Arsenal earned a penalty just seconds after the restart due to a handball by Tim Parker. Jorginho calmly converted the penalty, securing Arsenal’s dominance in this preseason tune-up.

Gabriel Martinelli extended Arsenal’s lead with a composed finish on the break, followed by Kai Havertz scoring the fifth and final goal of the game.

Arsenal’s Record signing, Declan Rice came on in the second half to a warm to reception from the travelling support. The English man joins the Gunners from fellow London team West Ham



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