Arsenal named as 2016 MLS All-Star Game opponents

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The Gunners will face MLS' best and brightest at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, on 28 July.

Arsenal will be travelling to the USA this summer, having been announced as the opponents for the 2016 MLS All-Star Game.

The league’s annual showcase will take place on 28 July at Avaya Stadium, home of the San Jose Earthquakes, when Arsene Wenger’s men will come up against a collection of the best talent MLS has to offer.

The Premier League side will also face Mexican giants Chivas de Guadalajara three days later at the LA Galaxy’s StubHub Center, where former Gunners defender Ashley Cole now calls home following his recent move to the five-time MLS Cup champions.

The two games, which will be Arsenal's only matches outside Europe this summer, will mark the second time in the past three years that the north London club have spent part of preseason in the States, having lost 1-0 at Thierry Henry’s New York Red Bulls in July 2014.

Speaking to the club’s official website, manager Arsene Wenger said: “Pre-season is a critically important time for us and we are delighted to be going to San Jose and Los Angeles to participate in the 2016 MLS All-Star game and to play Chivas.

"We have tremendous support across America and enjoyed our visit to New York in the summer of 2014 when we played the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena. We look forward to giving our US fans the chance to see the team play live.”

The clash with Arsenal will be the 13th time in 21 years that the MLS All-Stars have faced international opposition, having taken on the likes of Manchester United [2010 & 2011], Everton [2009], Chelsea [2006 & 2012], Roma [2013], Bayern Munich [2014] in the past.

Most recently, they hosted the Gunners’ north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in Colorado last summer, winning 2-1 thanks to first-half goals from Orlando City SC playmaker Kaka and New York City FC striker David Villa.

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