The 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 has maintained their 100 percent record in friendlies played in front of crowds this pre-season, ahead of their Premier League opener against Crystal Palace next week.
Jose Antonio Reyes Tribute By The Two Coaches
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.
Minutes By Minutes Of How Arsenal Disjointed Spanish Side Sevilla
Granite 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.
Furthermore, 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 counterattack, with the Brazilian unselfishly teeing up Nketiah for the simplest of finishes.
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 is 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 the poacher’s close-range finishes.
After the match, it is Crystal Palace now on the list of Arsenal fixtures.
Much Improvement In The Preseason For Arsenal
The Spaniard, Mikel Arteta’s Gunners begin their Premier League season with a trip to Crystal Palace.
Arsenal has 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.
The Line-Ups Of Both Teams
Arsenal XI: Xhaka, Partey, Zinchenko, Martin Ødegaard, Jesus, Gabriel, Ramsdale, B. White, Martinelli, W. Saliba, Saka
Subs: Cedric, M.Elneny, Mari, Runarsson, Bellerin, Pepe, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Matt Turner, Nelson, Nketiah, A. Lokonga, Marquinhos
Sevilla XI: J. Navas, Rakitic, Fernando, Lamela, Jesús Corona, Rekik, Bounou, Acuna, Oliver Torres, En-Nesyri, José Ángel
Subs: Gomez, Delaney, Gudelj, Dmitrovic, Ocampos, Suso, Jordan, G. Montiel, M. Herzig, Antonio Zarzana, Pedro Ortiz, Luismi Cruz, Nacho Quintana, Iván Romero, Pablo Pérez, Kike Salas