Five-star Arsenal in Germany: Gabriel Jesus among Gunners' top performers in debut vs. Nurnberg
Arsenal head off for the United States leg of their preseason campaign on the back of scoring 10 goals in two warm-up games after a 5-3 victory against German side FC Nurnberg.
That five-goal outburst matches the one registered by the Gunners against Ipswich Town 5-1, as manager Mikel Arteta looks to step up his squad's preparations for the 2022/23 campaign.
Summer signing Gabriel Jesus grabbed the headlines at the Max-Morlock-Stadion with a debut double after coming on as a halftime substitute.
Three goals conceded will give Arteta plenty to think about in defence, but his attacking players impressed on Jesus's big day, and Sporting News takes a look at Arsenal's best performers on the day.
1. Gabriel Jesus
Arsenal's star man needed less than 90 seconds to open his club goal scoring account as Gunners fans begin to dream of the months ahead for their new No. 9.
Arteta opted to hold back the Brazilian from the start, but his instant impact hints at a readiness to hit the ground running, following his arrival from Manchester City.
His first goal showcased an all-round ability to drive from deep, and finish clinically inside the box, something which Arsenal struggled to do last season.
Arsenal's 61 Premier League goals in 2021/22, included 52 from inside the penalty area, a rate of 85.2 percent, compared to Liverpool's tally of 91.5 percent, Tottenham (89 percent) and Leicester City (88.7 percent).
His second goal, brilliantly flicked home from Gabriel Martinelli's cross, again showed his deadly ability inside the 18-yard box, as Arsenal look to convert him into the poacher they need.
2. Gabriel Martinelli
Martinelli joined Jesus as one of Arteta's second-half replacements and the Brazilian duo clicked instantly.
If Jesus plays centrally this season, Martinelli is expected to retain his slot on the left of a three-man attack and his chemistry with the new man looks positive.
One perfect cross for Jesus was turned home for an own goal by Christopher Schindler before a near-post chip was cleverly volleyed home by Arsenal's new man.
Arteta is blessed with fantastic wide attacking players, but Martinelli offers an alternative type of threat to Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.