'9/10', 'masterstroke from Arteta': Media wowed by 24-year-old Arsenal player's display today
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'9/10', 'masterstroke from Arteta': Media wowed by 24-year-old Arsenal player's display today

Arsenal wrapped up their pre-season in the best possible way, running out 6-0 winners over Sevilla at the Emirates.

The Gunners wowed their fans with a comprehensive clean-sheet victory over their Champions League opponents.

In addition, Arsenal summer signing Gabriel Jesus scored a hat-trick to make it seven goals in pre-season alone.

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Mikel Arteta’s charges needed just 20 minutes to go four up, with Jesus and Bukayo Saka scoring two apiece.

The Brazil international then completed his hat-trick on 77 minutes and Eddie Nketiah made it six in the 88th minute.

While the headlines will focus on Arsenal’s attack, the defence also deserves praise.

Arteta went with a trio of centre-backs in defence.

William Saliba in the middle, Ben White on the right and Gabriel Magalhaes on the left.

They were rarely troubled by a Sevilla side with plenty of attacking talent on show.

And Oleksandr Zinchenko and Bukayo Saka excelled as wing-backs.

Saliba very much looks like a new signing, while Ben White appears more comfortable at right-back.

Media outlets loved what they saw from the £50million defender.

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90Min gave White 9/10 for his efforts against Julen Lopetegui’s side.

“Spent his time as a centre-back, midfielder and even a winger when Arsenal went forward,” they wrote.

“Using his elite vision and passing to keep Arsenal on the front foot.

“Really impressive. Feels like a masterstroke from Arteta.”

Football.london, meanwhile, gave White 7/10.

“Brought the ball out of defence a lot more after the break, was willing to show support in attack and came very close to scoring the goal of the game but looped his effort a yard wide of the post,” they wrote.

“Looks very comfortable at right-back.”

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