Gabriel Jesus scored in a 2-0 friendly victory against Everton, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hailed the Brazilian forward for “creating havoc” for the opponents.
At the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, the £45m signing scored from a corner kick in the 33rd minute to maintain his strong preseason play.
Gabriel Jesus, who scored twice against Nuremberg earlier this month, contributed to Arsenal’s second goal, which was scored by Bukayo Saka.
In the 33rd minute, the 25-year-old shot past Jordan Pickford from a corner and then set up Bukayo Saka, who added a second three minutes later.
Arteta stated, “He (Raheem Sterling) creates uncertainty and he’s always on your shoulder.
“He poses a genuine threat, so we require this. Although he is highly adaptable, playing at that [number nine] position is definitely where we would like to see him grow.”
In the next week, Arsenal will compete in Orlando against both Orlando City and Chelsea.
At the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Chelsea opened their preseason campaign with a 2-1 victory over the Mexican team Club America.
Timo Werner scored the game-winning goal for Chelsea in the 55th minute when his initial shot was stopped by a teammate, Michy Batshuayi, and then scored the rebound.
Reece James played a blind backpass for Club America, and Marcus Bettinelli missed the pass. As a result, Club America was able to tie the game.
After deflecting the ball away from a defender and then looping it in from 20 yards out, Mason Mount scored an outstanding goal that proved to be the game-winning one with seven minutes left to play.
While Club America takes on Premier League champions Manchester City in Houston on Wednesday, Chelsea takes on Charlotte FC in North Carolina on Wednesday before taking on Arsenal on Saturday.
Leeds United lost to Aston Villa 1-0 in Brisbane thanks to Danny Ings’ second-half penalty.
Illan Meslier stopped the rebound following new Leeds signing Philippe Coutinho’s save. In the first half, Tyler Adams was given a penalty for handball; nevertheless, Ings made no mistakes after Leif Davis’ handball.
Only 11 minutes after coming on as a substitute, the forward for Leeds, Archie Gray, had to be carried off the field on a stretcher.
The 16-year-old, who is the great-nephew of Leeds icon Eddie Gray and the son of former Leeds striker Andy Gray, was hurt after a challenge for which John McGinn received a booking.
Leeds coach Jesse Marsch said, “It appears to be an ankle sprain.” We wish him well.