15 things we loved this weekend: Jesus, Raphinha, Messi, Sancho…

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Arsenal FC forward Gabriel Jesus (9) scores over Chelsea FC goalkeeper Eduard Mendy (16) during the Florida Cup match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC Orlando, FL. July 23 2022

Arsenal stole the headlines over the weekend by producing a brilliant performance to beat Chelsea 4-0 in their latest pre-season friendly. 

Elsewhere, Barcelona came out on top against Real Madrid in a friendly game in America and Erling Haaland marked his unofficial Manchester City debut with a goal.

We’ve rounded up the best of the action on and off the field.


Our resident Leeds fan isn’t surprised at all to see the Brazilian lighting up El Clasico.

Ronaldo Araujo

Taxi for Antonio Rudiger.

Oleksandr Zinchenko

Taxi for Mason Mount.

Gabriel Jesus

Some transfers just feel right from the off, don’t they?

Vinicius Junior

Yeah, Madrid lost, but just look at this run from Vinicius.

Lionel Messi

Messi still knows how to leave players in a heap on the floor.


The Brazilian is undoubtedly one of football’s greatest entertainers.

Gareth Bale

We have a feeling he’s going to enjoy himself over in California. And not just the golf courses.

Daizen Maeda

There was a clear offside in the build-up but you can’t disallow a goal like this.

Erling Haaland

A terrifying glimpse of the immediate future.

Jadon Sancho

Come for the finish, but marvel at the build-up. Whisper it… Manchester United might be back.

Wilfried Zaha

Zaha has scored four pre-season goals for Crystal Palace but this is the pick of the bunch.

Alexandre Lacazette

Going home is all he needed to get that spark back.

This first touch

Not even Shaft is capable of doing something this smooth

Ross McCrorie

Goals are always better when they come off the underside of the bar.

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