Arsenal stars tour the US Capitol building one day after demolishing the MLS All-Stars 5-0 in Washington DC
- The players were seen walking through the hallowed halls of the Capitol.
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The Arsenal players made one more stop in Washington DC just before heading north to take on Manchester United in New Jersey.
The team took part in a guided tour of the United States Capitol building on Thursday, complete with footage of the players walking the hallowed halls of Congress.
Players were seen wearing audio devices as part of the experience so they could hear more about the 200+ year old building.
The Gunners did this right after defeating MLS’s best 5-0 in the 2023 MLS All-Star Game.
Arsenal scored early and often in the match, managing 16 shots and turning all five on target in a game both sides seemed to take seriously.
Members of Arsenal’s first team visited the US Capitol while in Washington DC
The players were photographed taking a guided tour through the corridors and walls of the Congress.
Some who were also walking through the corridors recognized the players, taking photos with them.
It also marked the debut of new signings Jurrien Timber, Kai Havertz, and Declan Rice, with Havertz scoring the last goal of the night.
It was a poor performance by the MLS All-Star team led by Wayne Rooney, who got the honor because his club hosted the game.
Rooney hand-selected 12 of the 26 players on the list, with MLS Commissioner Don Garber picking two and the remaining 12 being voted on.
Throughout the evening Arsenal appeared to be the better side by far as Gabriel Jesus scored a sublime goal in the fifth minute of play.
The Brazilian’s shot from long range entered the right post of goalkeeper Roman Burki to start a scoring attack.
Frenchman Leandro Trossard, who will be participating in his first full season in an Arsenal kit, scored a similar goal with 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 middle of the building.
Here, players were led through the old Senate chamber decorated in the style of the 1800s.
The Capitol Hill tour came a day after the Gunners beat the MLS All-Stars 5-0 in the nation’s capital.
The second half began with an almost immediate penalty for a handball in the box by St. Louis City SC defender Tim Parker.
Arsenal’s Jorginho stepped up and easily scored the effort to extend the lead to 3-0.
With continual substitutions, both sides almost or completely emptied their benches to give playing time to as many players as possible.
That included Arsenal debutants Havertz, Timber and Rice, all of whom arrived this summer on transfers totaling around $257.97m.
Havertz did well just one day after seriously struggling in the All-Star Skills Challenge in his crossover and volley challenge.
Kai Havertz was able to score a goal on his debut for the club after struggling the night before
After failing to score a single goal in that challenge, Havertz was able to control his effort and volleyed it.
The German ran towards the touchline with his arms open in celebration.
Arsenal will face Manchester United in New Jersey on Saturday at MetLife Stadium.
After that confrontation, Arsenal travel to Los Angeles to face Barcelona in their last pre-season preparation game.