Highlights from the game against Everton last night – Jesus again and again

Highlights from the game against Everton last night – Jesus again and again.

 

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Here we take a look at five moments you may have missed from Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Everton in a pre-season friendly at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

 

Gabriel Jesus celebration

It’s happened already. With Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah both sharing a telephone-themed goal celebration, it was just a matter of time before a joint one was created by the pair following the former’s £45m move from Manchester City earlier in the summer transfer window.

 

 

In fact, the Gunners’ new no.9 even hinted at it: “Not yet but for sure we will do it,” the Brazilian told the club’s media when asked if he had spoken to Nketiah about a special celebration together. “Because, you know, I saw he celebrates like me, so I’m happy to celebrate like him as well.”

After breaking the deadlock against Everton with an emphatic finish, Gabriel Jesus brought his finger to his lips to hush the Toffees supporters behind the goal before switching to his iconic goal celebration and ‘calling’ someone which many have assumed was Nketiah who was looking on from the bench.

Gabriel Martinelli could get a new role next season. Amid claims from transfer expert Fabrizio Romano that Folarin Balogun will leave for another loan spell once the squad returns from its pre-season tour of America, it means the natural centre-forward options at Mikel Arteta’s disposal will decrease by one.

As a result, Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah could be battling it out for the right to lead the line. Although, this decision could hint at Arteta fast-tracking plans to use Martinelli through the middle as we understands he has previously taken up a centre-forward role in training.

 

 

However, for the second pre-season game in a row, the Brazilian has been used in a totally different role – as a left-wing back. To be fair, he hasn’t looked out of place so far as he impressed there against FC Nurnberg and after moving into that position in the second half against Everton threatened to score only to see his effort blocked by James Tarkowski.

With Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiysau not available and Nuno Tavares only playing one half that may explain Arteta’s decision to trial Martinelli at left wing-back again.

Maitland-Niles and Iwobi reunited

Arsenal vs Everton offered the opportunity for many reunions. Of course, Mikel Arteta was coming up against his former club, in the opposing dugout was a Gunners Invincible and two-time Premier League winner with the club in Ashley Cole – now part of Frank Lampard’s coaching staff.

Meanwhile, Alex Iwobi came up against a number of his former teammates and looked very happy to catch up with Ainsley Maitland-Niles at the final whistle which is no surprise given how close the pair were when coming through the ranks at Hale End and playing in the first-team together.

Evidence that they still share a close bond was on show after the game as they shared a cool handshake and a warm embrace.

Things get heated

Even though it was a friendly between Arsenal and Everton, the game had somewhat of a competitive edge to it. For example, Dele Alli was booed right from the off and did little to endear himself to the Gunners supporters in attendance when he made a strong tackle on Cedric Soares.

But the moment that really set tempers racing came in the first half when Gabriel Magalhaes, sticking up for Gabriel Martinelli had to be separated from Abdoulaye Doucoure as the pair squared up to each other momentarily. Then just before the break, Ben Godfrey left Gabriel Jesus in a heap following a strong tackle.

Then when the game appeared to be petering out, things got heated again as many Arsenal players – including substitute Reiss Nelson – took exception to Tarkowski’s forceful tackle on Albert Sambi Lokonga which earned him a yellow card amidst the arguments between both sets of players.

 

 

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