In an exciting showdown between Major League Soccer’s best and one of Europe’s finest, Wayne Rooney, the manager of the MLS All-Star team, says Arsenal is one of the best teams in Europe despite grappling to learn any lessons as his squad suffered a resounding 5-0 defeat against Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal on Wednesday night.
In an exciting showdown between Major League Soccer’s best and one of Europe’s finest, Wayne Rooney, the manager of the MLS All-Star team, grappled with lessons learned as his squad suffered a resounding 5-0 defeat against Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal on Wednesday night.
The match, held under sweltering conditions in Washington DC, witnessed Gabriel Jesus’ brilliant opener, followed by a thunderous strike from Leandro Trossard. Jorginho’s penalty, a stunning Gabriel Martinelli effort, and Kai Havertz’s inaugural goal for Arsenal rounded off a dominant performance for the Premier League runners-up.
Among the notable players on display were Arsenal’s recent acquisitions, Declan Rice and Jurrien Timber, who marked their first appearances with commendable performances. Nevertheless, it was Arsenal’s overall display that caught the attention of Manchester United legend and MLS All-Star boss, Wayne Rooney.
“Obviously the result is what it is, and Arsenal showed the quality they have,” Rooney acknowledged in the post-match interview. “I thought the All-Star lads looked a little nervous and hesitant, especially in the first half when we had some promising opportunities but struggled to get our shots off.”
Rooney couldn’t help but express his admiration for Arsenal, labelling them as one of the best teams in Europe. The All-Star team’s manager, however, felt the game was marred by frequent stoppages and criticized the referee for making the match somewhat about himself.
“I think you see a difference, of course you do. Arsenal are one of the best teams in Europe,” Rooney reiterated. “I thought it was a bit stop-start. The referee made the game a little bit about himself once again, so I think that’s something that needs improving in the MLS. I’ve said that all season, so it’s a good opportunity for me to bring it up again.”
Despite the disappointing outcome, Rooney found solace in the event’s positive impact on the fans, especially those in the Washington DC area. The match showcased top-tier talent and allowed supporters to witness some of the world’s best players in action.
The clash between the MLS All-Stars and Arsenal proved to be an intriguing spectacle, giving American soccer enthusiasts an exciting taste of international football. While Arsenal’s victory was undeniably comprehensive, Rooney’s MLS All-Stars fought valiantly, making the event an overall success and an experience to remember for the fans.