MLS All-Stars vs Arsenal:
Date: Friday, 29 July 2016
Kick-Off: 00:30 UK.
Venue: Avaya Stadium (San Jose).
Arsenal will play their next pre-season game against selected AT&T MLS All-Stars on Thursday at Avaya Stadium in San Jose.
Arsene Wenger will be keen to use the game to test their credentials ahead of the upcoming Premier League season as they take on the best assembled players in the MLS and seeks to ratify the team’s performance following 1-1 draw pre-season game against Lens.
AT&T All-Stars are expected to leave a mark of pride for the MLS and the league’s quality as highly earned world stars ply their trade. AT&T MLS All-Stars have been defeated just once since 2013, a 3-1 lost against AS Roma on August 1 and have went on to win two games on the trot, 2-1 victories over both Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich on 30 July 2015 and 7 August 2014 respectively.
The Gunners have played just a pre-season game so far which they drew 1-1 against Lens but the former accumulated eight points in two wins and two draws, scored seven goals and concedes two goals in their last four Premier League games last season.
MLS All-Stars vs Arsenal: Head-to-Head
This marks the first time these two sides are meeting. But the MLS All-Stars team clashed with a North London club previously, in Tottenham Hotspur on 30th July 2015 which they won 2-1.
MLS All-Stars: Team News
MLS All-Stars team have no injury worries or suspension concerns and will parade themselves with the best players in the MLS, the likes of Didier Drogba, Kaka, Andrea Pirl, Clint Demsey etc. will all be featured.
MLS All-Stats squad to face Arsenal:
Goalkeepers: David Bingham, Andre Blake.
Defenders: Steve Birbaum, Laurent Ciman, Andrew Farell, Liam Ridgwell, Keegan Rosenberry, Brandon Vincent, Kendall Watson.
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman, Mauro Diaz, Giovani Dos Santos, Jermaine Jones, Ricardo Kaka, Sacha Kljestan, Darlington Nagbe, Andrea Pirlo, Wil Trapp.
Forwards: Clint Dempsey, Didier Drogba, Sebastian Giovinco, Cyle Larin, Ignacio Piatti, David Villa, Chris Wondolowski.
Arsenal: Team News
Arsene Wenger will be without Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Laurent Koscienly and Aaron Ramsey; who represented their countries in Euro 2016 and COPA America. While Gabriel Paulista did not travel with the team due to tonsillitis.
Arsenal squad to face MLS All-Stars:
Goalkeepers: Petr Cech, David Ospina, Emiliano Martinez
Defenders: Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin, Krystian Bielik, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Rob Holding.
Midfielders: Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Chris Willock, Gedion Zelalem.
Forwards: Theo Walcott, Joel Campbell, Alex Iwobi, Chuba Akpom.
MLS All-Stars vs Arsenal: Prediction
Arsene Wenger would want to make an impression that something better can come out of his team in the Premier League but with the missing of key stars in the squad, the Gunners seems a bit underdogs on paper.
The selected MLS All-Stars team have experience and qualities that Arsenal players for this game do not match up, the MLS side have also not been defeated in the last two preseason games as the stats show above. Moreover, inexperience young and new recruited players will be given the nod in Wenger’s setup that makes it difficult to give them a win.
Predicted score line: MLS All-Stars 3-1 Arsenal