After scoring in a 2-0 friendly win over Everton, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said new signing Gabriel Jesus “creates chaos.”
The £45 million signing continued his impressive pre-season form by scoring from a corner in the 33rd minute at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Jesus, who scored twice against Nuremberg earlier this month, assisted on Arsenal’s second goal, which was scored by Bukayo Saka.
“He creates uncertainty and he’s always on your shoulder,” said Arteta.
“He’s a real threat and this is what we need. He’s very versatile, but obviously the way we would like to develop him is in that [number nine] position.”
Arsenal face Orlando City and Chelsea in Orlando next week. Chelsea began their pre-season campaign with a 2-1 victory over Mexican club Club America at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium.
Chelsea took the lead in the 55th minute when Timo Werner converted a rebound after Michy Batshuayi blocked his initial effort.
Club America equalized after Reece James played a blind backpass that eluded keeper Marcus Bettinelli.
Mason Mount scored the game-winning goal with seven minutes remaining, deflecting the ball away from a defender and curling in from 20 yards.
Chelsea will play Charlotte FC in North Carolina on Wednesday before facing Arsenal on Saturday, while Club America will play Manchester City in Houston on Wednesday.
Aston Villa defeated Leeds United 1-0 in Brisbane thanks to a penalty from substitute Danny Ings in the second half.
After new Leeds signing Illan Meslier saved Philippe Coutinho’s shot and blocked the rebound, Tyler Adams was called for handball in the first half, but Ings made no mistake after Leif Davis was called for handball.
Leeds forward Archie Gray was stretchered off 11 minutes after coming on as a substitute.
The 16-year-old was injured in a challenge in which John McGinn was booked. He is the son of former Leeds striker Andy Gray and the great-nephew of Leeds legend Eddie Gray.
“It seems like an ankle sprain,” said Leeds coach Jesse Marsch. “We hope he’s OK.”