Arsenal blew away Sevilla with a devastating first-half performance in Saturday’s Emirates Cup tie in north London. Bukayo Saka started an early rout from the penalty spot after being fouled by Karim Rekik, before the in-form Gabriel Jesus helped himself to two goals in the space of just 60 seconds.
Saka netted again to make it four goals in just nine minutes after a combination of relentless high pressing and woeful play from LaLiga’s reigning goalkeeper of the year, Yassine Bounou. Sevilla managed to get in at half-time only trailing 4-0, but it should and could have been worse as Mikel Arteta’s side ran riot and created plenty more chances, with Brazilian duo Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli in particular looking electric.
Shellshocked Sevilla, far behind Arsenal in their pre-season preparations, will attempt to mount some sort of response after the break, no doubt with a few stern half-time words ringing in their ears from manager Julen Lopetegui. Follow the Emirates Cup second half live with Standard Sport’s blog below!
47 mins: Another quick start from Arsenal, with Jesus picking out compatriot Martinelli, who tries to find the angle for a shot but is well marshalled by Jose Angel.
Second half underway
We are back underway at the Emirates.
More of the same from Arsenal, or will Sevilla produce some sort of fightback?
The changes could come soon from Lopetegui, with his side also in action against Leicester tomorrow.
What a first half for this man…
Arsenal 4-0 Sevilla
Just devastating from Arteta’s side, there’s no other word for it.
Four goals in nine minutes, including two in 60 seconds for the red-hot Gabriel Jesus.
The new season can’t come soon enough! Sevilla desperately poor.
45 mins: Martinelli races through and almost notches a fifth on the stroke of half-time, but he’s thwarted by Bonou at his near post.
Arsenal will go in at the break 4-0 up and it easily could be seven or eight. Complete dominance.
44 mins: Former Manchester City man Jesus Navas hacks hastily into touch as Jesus scampers after a lofted ball down that left channel.
Sevilla will be desperate for that half-time whistle, though surely the hairdryer is being prepared by Lopetegui. Just the one minute added on.
41 mins: A double save from Bounou stops it becoming 5-0 with half-time looming!
Jesus exchanges passes with I think Martinelli before seeing an effort parried by the Moroccan, LaLiga’s goalkeeper of the year last season, who then pushes Odegaard’s follow-up attempt wide.
Xhaka goes for the acrobatic from the resulting corner, but that ambitious overhead kick was never hitting the target.
38 mins: Chances at either end as En-Nesyri and Partey both see headers from free-kicks held by Ramsdale and Bounou respectively.
The opportunity for Arsenal came after a foul on Saka, who has caused Sevilla all kinds of problems in this opening 45 minutes.
35 mins: Sevilla are rather trying to take the sting out of this dominant Arsenal display now, looking to reduce the tempo and move the ball around at a slower pace.
They look so badly exposed and vulnerable every time Arsenal come forward.
32 mins: Some of this incisive interplay from Arsenal is truly a sight to behold, with Martinelli once again looking particularly electric as his latest effort is deflected.
We then have something of a quick break, no doubt pleaded for by Sevilla, with Ramsdale receiving a bit of treatment in the Arsenal goal.