Arsenal beats Barcelona with a 5-3 in a feisty friendly at SoFi Stadium

Premier League team Arsenal defeated Spanish champions Barcelona with a resounding victory at the SoFi Stadium in California on Thursday.

Leandro Trossard scored two goals, while the Gunners also had goals from Bukayo Saka, Kai Havertz, and Fabio Vieira. For Barcelona, goals were scored by Ferran Torres, Raphinha, and Robert Lewandowski.

Saka missed a penalty kick that would have given the Gunners a lead they deserved, but Barca scored the following goal when Raphinha’s deflected free-kick got past Aaron Ramsdale.

Kai Havertz scored a close-range goal before Leandro Trossard, who performed admirably the entire time, scored twice to give Arsenal a 4-2 lead. Fabio Vieira added the winning goal after Barcelona’s Ferran Torres had responded. In front of 70,223 spectators, Mikel Arteta’s team merited praise for their overall performance.

The preseason friendly atmosphere quickly vanished as Barcelona started with Pedri, Lewandowski, and newly acquired Ilkay Gundogan. Within the first five minutes, defender Ronald Araujo launched into two hard tackles on Gabriel Jesus.

Lewandowski scored the game’s first goal, finding the back of the net in the seventh minute of play, but Saka, a star player for Arsenal, leveled the score in the thirteenth.

Although in the the 34th minute, Brazilian winger Raphinha scored to give Barcelona the lead again. However, the German midfielder Havertz, who joined Arsenal after leaving Chelsea, equalized the score a few minutes before halftime to eliminate the advantage before the teams headed for the tunnel.

In the second half, Xavi decided to field a completely different starting eleven, substituting players from the bench for his entire team. Belgian midfielder Trossard made it 3-2 in Arsenal’s favor with his first goal of the day in the 55th minute, and he added another goal to give Arsenal the lead for the first time in the friendly.

Torres halved Barcelona’s two-goal deficit in the 88th minute, giving them a chance to tie the score. However, Vieira, an Arsenal player who had been substituted for Martin Odegaard, the playmaker for the Gunners, put the outcome beyond any reasonable doubt with his goal in the 89th minute.