MLS All Stars Vs Arsenal: Arsenal rescued themselves to a draw by a delightful Chamberlain chip against RC Lens in a pre-season fixture after an average performance. Now, they will expect themselves to step up their game as they face a very experienced and complex side against MLS All-Stars in the United States. Popular legends like Andrea Pirlo, Ricardo Kaka, Didier Drogba, etc. are included in the MLS All Stars squad.
MLS All Stars Vs Arsenal: Team News – MLS All Stars
It will be a delight and pleasure for the audience to watch real legends in action once again as they will team up together. Many popular names like Andrea Pirlo, Ricardo Kaka, Didier Drogba, David Villa are named in the squad. Rest of the squad will comprise of other star players such as the likes of Sebastian Giovinco, Giovani Dos Santos, Clint Dempsey and some potential youngsters as well. It will be a sad moment not being able to see another two greats of the game, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, who were dropped for Mauro Diaz and Kyle Beckerman. However, we definitely can expect for an exciting clash.
Goalkeepers : David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)
Defenders : Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Andrew Farrell (New England Revolution), Liam Ridgewell (Portland Timbers), Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union), Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire), Kendall Watson (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
Midfielders : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Kaka (Orlando City SC), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC), Will Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
Forwards : Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact), David Villa (New York City FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
MLS All Stars Vs Arsenal: Team News – Arsenal
Arsenal have had lots of injury issues in the past and it just seems unstoppable, even in the present. Fresh reports insist that Per Mertesacker faced a serious knee injury against RC Lens and will be ruled out for the USA Tour. Further indications have been made that he can be on the sidelines for ‘some months’. This is a serious issue for Arsenal defence as they will also miss Gabriel Paulista suffering from tonsillitis. Arsenal’s best defender Laurent Koscielny is currently enjoying a regular holiday after featuring in Euros 2016. Which leaves Calum Chambers and recent signing Rob Holding the only possible candidates.
Also, Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez is ruled out due to a ‘not so serious’ knee injury. However, they will be boosted by the return of Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Peter Cech, David Ospina, and their new impressive midfield enforcer Granit Xhaka.
Goalkeepers: Cech, Ospina, Martinez.
Defenders: Debuchy, Monreal, Holding, Bellerin, Chambers, Gibbs.
Midfielders: Coquelin, Bielik, Elneny, Wilshere, Iwobi, Xhaka, Cazorla, Zelalem, Reine-Adelaide, Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Forwards: Walcott, Willock, Campbell, Akpom.
MLS All Stars Vs Arsenal – Manager Thoughts
“We start in mid-August so we have to make the absolute maximum of each game we play. That’s why it will be a very interesting game for us on Thursday.
My first impression [of the US] is that there are more and more people here in the States who love football and know our players, which is a bit unusual for us in the States. That’s a good sign that football is taking off in the States,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
MLS All Stars Vs Arsenal Live Streaming
The match kicks-off at 01:01 BST on Friday morning [5:01 am IST] at the Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California. The game will be streamed live on Sky Sports 2 for UK viewers and ESPN for US Viewers. Others not having access can try out www.ronaldo7.net/video/watch-football-live.html or http://firstrowas.eu/