Best Premier League pre-season performers including Arsenal star Jesus and Man Utd striker Martial

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THE new Premier League season is less than two weeks away and teams are still being put through their paces in pre-season with some sharp looking players like Gabriel Jesus and Anthony Martial

Some teams and players are looking sharper than others.

Manchester United, in particular, have looked sharp in Thailand and Australia.

The Red Devils are unbeaten under new boss Erik ten Hag.

Their standout performance in pre-season so far was the 4-0 win over Premier League rivals Liverpool.

Arsenal have also looked good and look re-energised in attack with new boy Gabriel Jesus leading the line.

The Gunners stuck four past rivals Chelsea in America.

To some, pre-season results and performances are irrelevant – building up match fitness is more important.

But you should start how you mean to go on, right?

SunSport takes a look at the top five Premier League pre-season performers.

Anthony Martial

Man Utd’s Anthony Martial looks a new man in pre-season.

The Frenchman, 26, has scored in three of United’s four pre-season games so far.

He has impressed Ten Hag so much that the Dutchman doesn’t want to sell him this summer.

With United short in the attacking department, Martial has the opportunity to impress and turn his United career around.

William Saliba

Arsenal defender William Saliba is yet to make a competitive appearance for the club.

The Frenchman, 21, joined Arsenal from St Etienne in 2019 for £27m.

Saliba has spent several loan spells back in France and impressed at Marseille last season.

He could finally grace the pitch in a competitive setting for Arsenal following his performances in pre-season.

Boss Mikel Arteta singled Saliba out for praise.

Arteta said: “I am really pleased to see the way he is playing, the way he has adapted to the team, the maturity that he’s shown at 21, carry on doing it.

“We will keep developing him. He is already a top player and we have to make him even better. He looked ready to me.”

Gabriel Jesus

The £45million Arsenal signing hit the ground running and looks to be the man to fill the void left by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Jesus has four goals in pre-season with two of those coming against Everton and Chelsea.

The 25-year-old’s goal against Chelsea was special.

Jesus chipped Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy before wheeling away in celebration.

He bagged a brace on his debut against Nurnberg.

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