Arsenal stars tour the US Capitol a day after beating the MLS All-Stars 5-0 in Washington DC
- The players were seen walking through the hallowed halls of Capitol Hill
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The Arsenal players made a stopover in Washington DC before heading north to play Manchester United in New Jersey.
The team took a tour of the United States Capitol on Thursday, with images of the players walking through the hallowed halls of Congress.
As part of the experience, players were seen using audio equipment so they could learn more about the 200+ year old building.
The Gunners did so shortly after inflicting a heavy 5-0 loss on the MLS best in the 2023 MLS All-Star Game.
Arsenal scored early and often in the game – managing 16 shots and converting all five into goal – in a game both sides appeared to be taking seriously.
Arsenal first team members visited the US Capitol during their stay in Washington DC
The players were pictured taking a tour of the halls and walls of Congress
Some who also walked the halls recognized the players and took photos with them
It was also the debut of new signings Jurrien Timber, Kai Havertz and Declan Rice – with Havertz scoring the final goal of the night.
It was a poor performance by the MLS All-Star team, led by Wayne Rooney – who received the honor because his club hosted the game.
Rooney selected 12 of the 26 players on the squad – with MLS commissioner Don Garber picking two and the remaining 12 being chosen.
Arsenal seemed to be the better side by far all evening as Gabriel Jesus scored a superb goal in the fifth minute.
The Brazilian’s shot from long-range landed on the right post of goalkeeper Roman Burki and initiated the shot on goal.
France’s Leandro Trossard, who will be playing his first full season in the Arsenal shirt, scored a similar goal, firing a rocket into the top left corner.
Here the players were seen walking through the crypt of the US Capitol building
The tour also took them through the famous Capitol Rotunda in the center of the building
Here, the players were guided through the old Senate Hall, decorated in 19th-century style
The Capitol Tour came the day after the Gunners defeated the MLS All-Stars 5-0 in the nation’s capital
The second half began with an almost immediate penalty from a handball in the box by St. Louis City SC defender Tim Parker.
Arsenal’s Jorginho stepped up and easily put the ball in to extend the lead to 3-0.
Through continuous substitutions, both teams either almost or completely emptied their benches to give as many players as possible playing time.
These included Arsenal debutants Havertz, Timber and Rice, all of whom came on transfers totaling around $257.97 million this summer.
Havertz made it just a day after struggling in the cross-and-volley challenge of the All-Star Skills Challenge.
Kai Havertz was able to score on his debut for the club after struggling the night before
After Havertz failed to score a single goal in this duel, he was able to control his shot and fired the ball straight from his chest.
The German ran jubilantly to the sidelines with his arms outstretched.
Arsenal take on Manchester United at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Saturday.
Following that game, Arsenal travel to Los Angeles to play Barcelona in the final pre-season game.