Quick Bit: Arsenal supporters will be buzzing after another strong display by the Gunners in a 2-0 win over Everton which saw Gabriel Jesus come up with the game-breaking plays on a goal and assist against an average Toffees side.

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The optimism is only growing among Arsenal supporters after their positive preseason continues with a 2-0 win over fellow Premier League side Everton in a friendly played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Big summer signing Gabriel Jesus scored a goal and registered an assist in his first start for the Gunners as Arsenal dominated Everton in the first half, scoring both of its goals before halftime.

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford whiffed on a corner kick and the ball reached Jesus, who was lurking at the far post and quickly fired the ball into the roof of the net. And then just minutes later, Jesus poked a ball into the box that bypassed the entire Everton backline to find Saka to put the ball into the back of the net.

Arsenal looked good in possession, its center back pairing of William Saliba and Gabriel were exceptional, and Gabriel Jesus shone once again at center forward. Eddie Nketiah was the bright spot of the team in the second half with more lively play as the highest striker in place of Jesus.

Everton, set up by Frank Lampard in a five-man backline, were content to sit behind the ball in the first half, only threatening on the odd counterattack. The Toffees looked better in the second half with the introduction of Alex Iwobi, Anthony Gordon, and Salomon Rondon, but after a bright start the match fizzled out.

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Arsenal vs. Everton final score


Goals: ARS — Gabriel Jesus (Cedric Soares) — 33rd min.ARS — Bukayo Saka (Gabriel Jesus) — 36th min.

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Final: Arsenal 2, Everton 0

90th min.: Pablo Mari gets a yellow card for a foul on Alex Iwobi that stops a promising attack.

79th min.: Arsenal’s Pablo Mari wants a penalty kick called in the box after another good Arsenal set piece. The referee didn’t see it the same way. The dead ball was earned by Nketiah, who drew a yellow card for James Tarkowski and he has been the Arsenal bright spot of the second half.

76th min.: Elneny’s through ball for Eddie Nketiah is cleared by Everton ‘keeper Billy Crellin. And a minute later it happens again as fans chant “Eddie, Eddie”.

70th min.: Another four changes from Arsenal. Neither team is creating much. The buildup is faltering.

60th min.: Everton’s James Tarkowski with a sensational sliding tackle on a Gabriel Martinelli penetrating run and shot in the box.

56th min.: Much better start to this second half by Everton. The Toffees are seeing more of the ball. It’s taking Arsenal a bit more time to get back into the game. Mikel Arteta is heard on the sideline urging his team to play simple.

46th min.: Second half is underway. Rondon tries to catch Matt Turner, who is way off his line, but Turner gets back quick enough to swat it away for a corner. Nothing comes of it.

46th min.: Second half lineup for Everton: Crellin, Mills, Keane, Tarkowski, Welch, Mykolenko, Gbamin, Warrington, Iwobi, Gordon, Rondon.

Here are the changes for Arsenal:

Halftime: Arsenal 2, Everton 0

Halftime: Arsenal with a deserved lead after jumping all over Everton from the opening kickoff. All the best qualities of this Arsenal team were on display: strong passing, quality center backs, lively wingers, and spectacular center-forward play via Gabriel Jesus. The Gunners were also pretty effective on set pieces.

As for Everton: Frank Lampard’s men looked to be dangerous in transition early on, but they lost energy and sharpness as the half went on. Already with numbers behind the ball, Everton did not help themselves with a few careless giveaways in the back. The Everton midfield is non-existent outside of a couple of Abdoulaye Doucoure defensive interventions.

45th min.: Yellow card for Ben Godfrey after he scythed down Gabriel Jesus. Nothing comes of the set piece 20 yards from goal. Jesus is not happy with that tackle.

36th min.: Another Arsenal goal! Gabriel Jesus turns provider, poking a ball into the box and it gets by the entire Everton back line with Saka waiting at the far right post. It was an easy touch for the winger.

33rd min.: Goal Arsenal! Gabriel Jesus off a corner kick. He’s lurking at the far post as Jordan Pickford whiffs on the corner. It falls to Jesus, who wastes no time and roofs it.

32nd min.: Bukayo Saka gets the best of Nkounkou and penetrates, but Jordan Pickford intercepts the low cross. Then Yerry Mina stops Gabriel Martinelli on the end line.

30th min.: After Gabriel and Doucoure get into a shoving match, the pace of the match settles down with Arsenal doing well to keep possession. Everton are looking for counterattacking opportunities with numbers behind the ball.

21st min.: Everton penalty appeal. Dele Alli goes down in the Arsenal box with goalkeeper Matt Turner closing him down. There was nothing in that one. Moments later Nkounkou fires a shot at goal on a counter. But Turner is there to punch it away.

20th min.: Arsenal are bossing this game. You can tell there will be a gap between Everton and Arsenal this season. It’s notable that Arsenal ‘keeper Matt Turner is playing well off his line when the game allows.

16th min.: Arsenal hit the woodwork! Granit Xhaka heads a corner kick off the right post. The Gunners once again dangerous on a set piece.

15th min.: Moments after Gabriel Jesus goes down in the box on a Nathan Patterson challenge — he went down too easy — Jesus pounces on a poor giveaway by Everton’s Mason Holgate. But the forward’s quick shot to the far post is expertly stopped by Everton’s Pickford.

10th min.: Everton’s Tom Davies clears the ball off his own goal line after an Arsenal corner kick was headed toward the target. We’re seeing Niels Nkounkou and Bukayo Saka in a battle and Yerry Mina is trying to get under the skin of Gabriel Jesus.

8th min.: Play is a bit chaotic to start. Gabriel Jesus is surrounded by Everton blue jerseys in attack, but he’s moving around and pressing hard. Everton had a dangerous counterattack foiled by an offside flag on Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

1st min.: Arsenal kick it off and it’s a curious one with Matt Turner launching it forward near the center circle. And the Gunners’ Saka has a shot blocked inside the box after just 30 seconds. Arsenal already on the front foot.

5 mins from kickoff: We’re almost set for kickoff. Teams are out on the field. Martin Odegaard is Arsenal captain with Jordan Pickford wearing the armband for Everton.

15 mins from kickoff: Crowd slowly building up at M&T Bank Stadium. It’s a humid night, but temperature is 76 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius).

30 mins from kickoff: Everton supporters marching into the stadium:

60 mins from kickoff: Starting XIs are out for both teams (full lineups listed further below). Everton look to be a five-back system. On the Arsenal side, Gabriel Jesus makes his first start as a Gunner, and William Saliba also gets the nod at center back.

70 mins from kickoff: Some Everton transfer news that will garner some conversation tonight:

80 mins from kickoff: A glimpse outside the stadium where the match is taking place in Baltimore.

120 mins from kickoff: William Saliba’s return to an Arsenal lineup is one of the big storylines of the night.

Arsenal vs. Everton lineups

Gabriel Jesus, who scored two goals in his Arsenal debut against Nurnberg, makes his first start at center forward flanked by Bukayo Saka and compatriot Gabriel Martinelli. William Saliba starts at center back, where he will be paired up with Gabriel.

Arsenal starting XI (4-2-3-1, right to left): 30-Matt Turner (GK) — 17-Cedric Soares, 12-William Saliba, 6-Gabriel, 20-Nuno Tavares — 5-Thomas Partey, 34-Granit Xhaka — 7-Bukayo Saka, 8-Martin Odegaard, 11-Gabriel Martinelli — 9-Gabriel Jesus

Arsenal bench (22 players):

Goalkeepers (4): 32-Aaron Ramsdale, 1-Bernd Leno, 33-Arthur Okonkwo, 13-Alex Runarsson

Defenders (7): 3-Kieran Tierney, 22-Pablo Mari, 4-Ben White, 16-Rob Holding, 2-Hector Bellerin, 18-Takehiro Tomiyasu, 97-Reuell Walters

Midfielders (7): 25-Mohamed Elneny, 35-Lucas Torreira, 10-Emile Smith Rowe, 23-Albert Sambi Lokonga, 15-Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 21-Fabio Vieira, 24-Reiss Nelson

Wingers/forwards (4): 14-Eddie Nketiah, 19-Nicolas Pepe, 26-Folarin Balogun, 27-Marquinhos

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Everton manager Frank Lampard is starting with what looks to be a five-man backline in this first preseason match against Arsenal. Anthony Gordon, Allan and new signing James Tarkowski are on the bench.

Everton starting lineup (5-3-2, right to left): 1-Jordan Pickford (GK) — 3-Nathan Patterson, 4-Mason Holgate, 13-Yerry Mina, 22-Ben Godfrey, 18-Niels Nkounkou — 16-Abdoulaye Doucoure, 26-Tom Davies, 36-Dele Alli — 11-Demarai Gray, 9-Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Everton bench (21 players):

Goalkeepers (3): 15-Asmir Begovic, 27-Billy Crellin, 63-Zan Luk Leban

Defenders (5): 23-Seamus Coleman, 5-Michael Keane, 19-Vitalii Mykolenko, 2-James Tarkowski, 64-Reece Welch

Midfielders (5): 6-Allan, 25-Jean-Philippe Gbamin, 21-Andre Gomes, 60-Isaac Price, 51-Lewis Warrington

Wingers/Forwards (8): 34-Nathan Broadhead, 61-Lewis Dobbin, 10-Anthony Gordon, 17-Alex Iwobi, 56-Stanley Mills, 33-Salomon Rondon, 50-Ellis Simms, 14-Andros Townsend

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How to watch Arsenal vs. Everton: TV channel, live stream

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Arsenal.com,Everton TV
Arsenal.com,Everton TV
Arsenal.com,Everton TV

UK, Canada, Australia: The friendly will be available to stream on Arsenal.com and Everton TV.

USA: The match will be broadcast on Stadium, which is streamed on fuboTV in the USA.

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