Gabriel Jesus meets up with a £47 million star on Arsenal’s tour, while Granit Xhaka fulfils a lifelong goal.

Gabriel Jesus meets up with a £47 million star on Arsenal's tour, while Granit Xhaka fulfils a lifelong goal.

Gabriel Jesus meets up with a £47 million star on Arsenal’s tour, while Granit Xhaka fulfils a lifelong goal.

Arsenal beat Chelsea 4-0 to end their pre-season tour of the United States.
Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard’s goals in the first half put the Gunners in cruise control at halftime. Bukayo Saka’s goal just after the hour mark ended any chance of a comeback by the Blues, and Albert Sambi Lokonga’s goal in injury time put the cherry on top.

Gabriel Jesus asked to be taken off with a muscle problem, which may have been the only bad thing about the game for Arsenal. But since he worked out at London Colney on Tuesday, it’s safe to say that the £45 million summer signing is ready to start the season.

Gabriel Jesus meets up with a £47 million star on Arsenal's tour, while Granit Xhaka fulfils a lifelong goal.
Gabriel Jesus meets up with a £47 million star on Arsenal’s tour, while Granit Xhaka fulfils a lifelong goal.

Given how well the US tour went before playing the Blues, with wins over Everton and Orlando City, it was no surprise that the players and fans of the Gunners were in a good mood before the game, and the result only made things better.

The mood was caught by the club, which posted a “Access All Areas” video on Arsenal.com. The 15-minute clip took fans behind the scenes at the game against Chelsea at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

There were a lot of cool things to see, like Mohamed Elneny cheering on his teammates as they came out of the tunnel and Oleksandr Zinchenko making his first appearance for the club after moving from Manchester City. There were also celebrations after the game, which were rumoured to happen.

One of them was when Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling saw each other again. They just won another Premier League title together at the end of May, but a lot has changed since then. This month, the two of them moved from Manchester to London.

Man City has made a total of £92.5 million from their transfer fees. Sterling, who cost Chelsea £47.5 million, went up to Arsenal’s new number nine in the tunnel right before the two teams were about to come out. The two former teammates spoke briefly before getting back to work.

During the celebrations after the game, Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka met former Brazil, Barcelona, and AC Milan star Rivaldo. This was a lifelong goal for Xhaka, and he even worked up the courage to ask the “left-footed legend” for a picture. Rivaldo did what Xhaka asked, giving him a memory he won’t soon forget. “Grew up watching this left-footed legend—crazy to meet him,” the Switzerland international wrote on Instagram.


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