Arsenal rounded off their pre-season preparations with a comfortable 6-0 win over Sevilla built on a nine-minute blitz in the first half. 

Bukayo Saka gave the Gunners the lead from the penalty spot on 10 minutes after being shoved in the back by Karim Rekik, brother of young Gunner Omar. 

Gabriel Jesus then got in on the act with a quick fire brace, first pouncing on a spill from keeper Bono following a Xhaka cutback and then sliding home a Martinelli cross. 

Before the midway point of the first half, things went from bad to worse for Sevilla’s keeper who made a hash of a pass out from the back and then suffered the ignominy of Saka putting the ball through his legs first time. 

Martinelli, Partey and Odegaard all had chances to further extend the lead before the break. 

Understandably, the Gunners took their foot off the gas in the second half allowing a much-improved Sevilla to create chances of their own. Fernando and Lamela both came close with headers from corners. 

At the other end, Xhaka, picked out with a looping pass from Partey, volleyed just over and Martinelli continued to be a menace. 

Arsenal were well on top by the time we added a fifth, Jesus rounding off his hat-trick by clipping home from close range after a half-cleared corner fell to him. He later collected the man of the match award from Jose Antonio Reyes’ father, a nice touch from the club on a day when his son was feted for his achievements with both clubs. 

Arteta sent on four subs to close things out and one of them, Eddie Nketiah, rounded off the scoring in the closing moments. Our new number 14 tapped into an empty net having been set up by Martinelli who had sprung the offside trap thanks to a fine pass by Xhaka. 

Hours after being confirmed Arsenal’s new captain Martin Odegaard was sent to collect his first piece of silverware. 

It’s the first time the club have lifted the Emirates Cup since 2017 and the perfect fillip ahead of Friday’s Premier League opener with Crystal Palace. 

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Starting XI: Ramsdale, White, Gabriel, Saliba, Zinchenko (78), Partey (78), Xhaka (89), Odegaard, Saka (78), Jesus (78), Martinelli (89)

Subs: Turner, Runarsson, Cedric (78), Bellerin, Mari, Holding, Elneny (78), Maitland-Niles, Lokonga (89), Marquinhos, Pepe (78), Nelson (89), Nketiah (78)

Absent: Leno, Tierney, Tomiyasu, Torreira, Vieira, Smith Rowe, Balogun