Arsenal player ratings: Declan Rice shines on debut against MLS All-Stars but William Saliba stands out

ARSENAL destroyed the MLS All-Stars with a score of 5-0 at Audi Field in Washington.

Wayne Rooney’s All-Stars failed to live up to their name as the Gunners gave them absolutely no chance in front of their own home crowd.

Arsenal destroyed Wayne Rooney’s MLS All-Stars in their second pre-season friendlyGetty

Gabriel Jesus and Leandro Trossard put the North Londoners ahead in the first half after two assists from Bukayo Saka.

Jorginho practically sealed the win with a penalty-kick in the second half.

That was when Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta decided to introduce Jurrien Timber and club record signing Declan Rice for the first time since their arrival.

Rice and Timber helped the guests net two more goals with Gabriel Martinelli and Kai Havertz, who opened his account for the Premier League giants.

But who stood out and who struggled for Arsenal? SunSport’s Martin Lipton rates every single player at Audi Field:

Aaron Ramsdale – 6

One simple save and otherwise virtually unemployed, although slightly iffy distribution.

Ben White – 6

Exposed a bit early on but found his passing range and linked up with Bukayo Saka for Arsenal‘s second.

William Saliba – 9

Class act, bailing out both Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes after their errors. Gunners fans will be desperate for him to stay fit all season this time.

Gabriel Magalhaes – 5

The Brazilian was sloppy in possession and not really that convincing. Lucky that William Saliba was more alert.

Jakub Kiwior – 6

The Polish centre-half was asked to operate on the left and slotted in well. That advanced central position when Arsenal have the ball looks slightly awkward.

Fabio Vieira – 5

Still not obvious signs of why Arsenal paid £34million for him. Neat and tidy but does he ever actually hurt anyone?

Jorginho – 7

Does what it says on the can. Sits and sprays with a degree of calm assurance.

Leandro Trossard – 7

Off the pace in initial stages but a belting strike for his goal.


Declan Rice shone bright in his first ever appearance for ArsenalGetty

Bukayo Saka – 8

Far too good, big and strong for the All-Stars who were reduced to fouling him in a bid to stop the England man.

Gabriel Jesus – 7

Glorious chipped finish for the opener and dropped off the front line to create space for runners in behind.

Eddie Nketiah – 7

Showed his power and pace on the left although probably would have liked to get his name on the scoresheet.


Karl Hein (for Ramsdale 46) – 6

Even less stressed than the first-choice keeper. Could have played in a blindfold until a save with five to go.

William Saliba stood out for Arsenal with a stunning performance in defenceGetty

Martin Odegaard (for Nketiah 46) – 7

Showed no signs of his slight calf knock after interval appearance and instantly upped the tempo.

Kai Havertz (for Saka 46) – 6

The £65million arrival from Chelsea slotted into the left side of a midfield trio and finished it off with a fine strike.

Gabriel Martinelli (for Trossard 56) – 6

The Brazilian’s arrival was ahead of schedule after Leandro Trossard’s injury. The winger produced a lovely finish following Martin Odegaard’s incredible long-range pass from midfield.

Declan Rice (for Jorginho 64) – 7

Huge roar from travelling fans to mark the club record-signing’s first appearance in an Arsenal shirt. Looked at home.

Jurrien Timber came off the bench alongside Rice in the second halfGetty

Takehiro Tomiyasu (for Gabriel 64) – 5

The Japanese defender will be seeking to make a bigger impact this term than last season.

Jurrien Timber (for Saliba 64) – 6

The new Dutch recruit went on in a midfield role rather than his preferred position at the back.

Folarin Balogun (for Jesus 64) – 5

Could be one of the last times the now-American striker features for the Gunners. Didn’t seem too fussed.

Kieran Tierney (for Kiwior 64) – 6

The Scot is another who looks to be surplus to requirements but acquitted himself well.

Marquinhos (for Vieira 64) – 5

Had chalk on his boots as he stuck to the right touchline without really making any impact.

Auston Trusty (for White, 80) – 5

The American got a late run-out in his homeland.

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