Arsenal to play pre-season friendly against MLS All-Star team

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Bengaluru, July 19: English Premier League giants Arsenal are all set to play a team consisting of all the best players of the Major League Soccer in the USA.

Former Chelsea star and club legend Didier Drogba will lead the team. Spanish striker David of New York City FC will accompany him in the strike force. Some other notable players in the squad are Andrea Pirlo, Kaka, Giovanni Dos Santos.

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Unfortunately, some yesteryear legends like Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Robby Keane, etc are missing from the squad.

Arsenal are expected to field their full side although, manager Arsene Wenger suggested that he might opt to leave out the players who are coming from Euro and Copa America, like Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, etc.

Speaking to the club's official website, Wenger said: "You consider the rest time because France had a long, long go and I believe that they need four weeks' holiday because they need to recover from that," he told the club's official website.

"It takes you two or three weeks to regenerate... to recover completely, and they need to come back with hunger. That disappointment to lose a final, it takes some time to recover from that."

MLS All-Stars squad

Goalkeepers: David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union).

Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire), Liam Ridgewell (Portland Timbers), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union), Andrew Farrell (New England Revolution).

Midfielders: Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas), Andrea Pirlo (NYCFC), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC), Kaka (Orlando City SC), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact).

Forwards: Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), David Villa (NYCFC), Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC), Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).

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