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Arsenal continued their preparation for the season with a 2-0 win over Everton (above)

Arsenal continued their preparation for the season with a 2-0 win over Everton at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.

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Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka were on target in their pre-season friendly against the Merseyside club.

Here, Sportsmail’s Daniel Matthews looks at five things we learned from the encounter.

Arsenal continued their preparation for the season with a 2-0 win over Everton (above)

GABRIEL JESUS ​​FIRES AT ARSENAL

It’s safe to say that these early signs bode well. Gabriel Jesus’ debut against Nürnberg ended with a brace, this first start brought in another goal and an assist in 36 minutes.

The £45m striker finished emphatically from Cedric’s corner before falling on Saka’s second as he came up short to connect the Arsenal attack. His moves were excellent and his tenacity will add a new dimension to this Arsenal frontline. Here, Yerry Mina did his best to excite Jesus and the attacker was only too happy to take on the challenge.

WILLIAM SALIBA’S FUTURE IS LIGHT

Arsenal supporters had waited nearly two years for another glimpse of William Saliba. This second appearance brought few fireworks, but that shows the balance and control of the defender.

He was beaten by one diagonal ball, but otherwise held up well against the challenge from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, then moved comfortably to the right of a back three for the second half. His return will give Mikel Arteta new opportunities this season.

DELE ALLI CAN’T MAKE ITS MARKET

If it weren’t for the boos at the few times he carried the ball, it would have been easy to forget that Dele Alli started last night. Perhaps the only highlight of a miserable 45-minute cameo? The former Tottenham midfielder had the ball in the net but was flagged for offside.

He also hit the ball 19 times and attempted just eight passes – fewer in the first half than any other outfield player except Calvert-Lewin. He must have scored high for complaints per minute.

GABRIEL MARTINELLI TO REAR LEFT

For the second time in as many pre-season games, Gabriel Martinelli was shifted to left-back. The Brazilian has played there before, when Arsenal were on the hunt for games, but could these be the first signs of a more thoughtful shift?

There is no doubt that the winger has the energy it takes to switch up and down, but Arsenal are not looking to curb his attacking threat. The Brazilian was still adventurous enough to drive into the penalty area for Arsenal’s first chance of the second half.

FANS LIVE FOR THESE GAMES FOR THE SEASON

And to think that some people believed that this “Charm City Match” was just another attempt to add shine to an otherwise pointless preseason exhibition game. Before kick-off in Baltimore, the public was treated to fireworks and a flyover by fighter jets. Then came the handbags.

Gabriel Jesus and Yerry Mina set the tone and crept in the first few minutes. Frank Lampard wasted no time before chirping the fourth official. Gabriel and Abdoulaye Doucoure shared another push. Ben Godfrey flew in on Jesus, but the Brazilian had the last laugh.

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