Arsenal vs Sevilla. The Emirates Cup.
Arsenal 4-0 up in 19 minutes with Saka and Jesus scoring twice; Jesus completes his hat-trick before Nketiah taps home; Watch Arsenal's first Premier League game of the season away at Crystal Palace on Friday August 5, live on Sky Sports Premier League, kick-off 8pm
Saturday 30 July 2022 23:20, UK
Gabriel Jesus marked his first Arsenal home game with a hat-trick as the Gunners ended pre-season with a 6-0 thrashing of Sevilla to lift the Emirates Cup.
Four quickfire goals put the Gunners in cruise control within the first 19 minutes of the game, with Bukayo Saka and Jesus grabbing two each.
The £45m signing had to wait until 12 minutes from time to complete his hat-trick, flicking home a loose ball as Sevilla tried to defend a corner. A late sixth came when Gabriel Martinelli teed up Eddie Nketiah for a tap-in following a quick counter-attack.
The result means Mikel Arteta's side have maintained their 100 per cent record in friendlies played in front of crowds this pre-season, ahead of their Premier League opener against Crystal Palace next week, live on Sky Sports' Friday Night Football.
Arsenal paid tribute to former Gunners and Sevilla forward Jose Antonio Reyes - who passed away three years ago - in this final friendly and it was during their ninth-minute applause for the Spaniard that they got the opener.
Martin Odegaard clipped in Saka to the right of the penalty area and the England international was felled by Karim Rekik for a clear penalty. Saka converted the spot-kick, suggesting his role as Arsenal's first-choice penalty taker after Alexandre Lacazette's departure is now cemented.
Three minutes later, it was two. Ben White's crossfield pass found Jesus on the left touchline. The £45m signing fed Granit Xhaka in the area before racing onto the midfielder's cleared cross to tap home for his first Emirates Stadium goal.
Xhaka had another role in Jesus' second goal, playing a quick free-kick to Gabriel Martinelli down the left. The winger found his first-name namesake in the box to tap home another finish on the stretch, with the Brazilian completely unmarked.
And worse Sevilla defending brought about Arsenal's fourth. Goalkeeper Bono panicked under pressure from Arsenal's front three and played the ball straight to Saka who tucked in a finish with his weaker right foot.
The Gunners could have made it more before half-time, with Martinelli, Xhaka and Thomas Partey spurning clear-cut chances. At the other end, defenders William Saliba and Oleksandr Zinchenko - making their home debuts for Arsenal - were relatively untroubled.
After the break, Odegaard went close a couple of times - while Xhaka hit the roof of the net. But the celebrations belonged to Jesus as he rounded off the victory by finishing first-time from close range as the Spanish side couldn't clear their lines from a set piece.
With Sevilla trying to claim a consolation strike, Arsenal hit their opponents for a sixth. Xhaka released Martinelli on the counter attack, with the Brazilian unselfishly teeing up Nketiah for the simplest of finishes.
While Jesus will be hailed for his three goals and general pre-season form, Arteta chose to highlight Jesus' off-the-ball work and his ability to force Sevilla into mistakes.
"Everybody knows Gabby and everyone sees he wants to play with that intensity to win the ball, provoke mistakes and play in the opposition half as much as possible," Arteta said in his post-match press conference.
"You cannot do that if players at the front are not working or not tracking or they don't have that instinct or intensity to provoke things that we want. Gabby is phenomenal at that.
"You are hoping that [scoring goals so quickly] is going to happen. A player has to adapt to a new city, club, team-mates, and he's done it in a really fast and natural way.
"You can see the way they [his team-mates] look for him on and off the ball and you can see what he can transmit on the pitch. I'm really happy with him."
Arteta also hailed the link between Jesus and new Arsenal captain Odegaard - who was given the armband on a full-time basis before the game.
"He makes Gabby better and he needs a threat in front of him," Arteta said of Odegaard. "He can find the last pass in any moment either in close or open spaces. We need someone to make him look better and the connection is already there."
Sky Sports football journalist Sam Blitz at the Emirates Stadium:
In his first game for Arsenal in the UK capital, Gabriel Jesus functioned in 'London bus' mode when it came to scoring.
You wait 13 minutes for your first real chance of the game and then two goals come at once. The hat-trick goal with just over ten minutes to go was an added bonus.
That's six goals in five pre-season matches since making the £45m switch from Manchester City and there can't be anyone at the club who is not excited at the thought of how many he can net when the regular season starts on Friday.
But Jesus is more than a natural goalscorer in this team. In the opening five minutes, the Brazilian striker was annoyed that Arsenal's forward players weren't joining him in the press against Sevilla's defence.
As the three other players in the Gunners' front line - Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli - heeded his instructions, the Spanish side simply collapsed.
Sevilla struggled to get a foot in during that first half and their frustration was summed up by that fourth goal where goalkeeper Bono played the ball out to Saka to tap home.
When Arsenal did press effectively and won the ball back, the front four were impossible to handle, track and keep up with. Jesus would swap roles with Martinelli - with the latter also switching wings with Saka.
Meanwhile, there's still more firepower in this Arsenal attack. Emile Smith Rowe and Fabio Vieira are still to come back from injuries, while Eddie Nketiah and Nicolas Pepe showed in brief spells they could impact matches from the bench.
Arsenal are unpredictable in their positioning but what can be foreseen is Jesus having the penalty box presence the Gunners have missed for years. All three of Jesus' goals came via poacher's close-range finishes.
Crystal Palace, you're next on Jesus' list.
Mikel Arteta's Gunners begin their Premier League season with a trip to Crystal Palace, live on Sky Sports Premier League with kick-off at 8pm.
Arsenal have a favourable start to the season, with their first five games seeing them host Leicester, Aston Villa and Fulham, as well as a trip to Bournemouth.