With modern football moving at such a relentless pace, plans are already being made for who Arsenal will face in the summer once the current season comes to an end.
The Gunners, who are currently charging towards a first league title since 2003/04, will head over the United States of America as part of their preparations for the 2023/24 season, with a clash with the MLS All-Stars officially booked in.
Not only will they be playing a full match against some of the best that Major League Soccer has to offer, they will also taking part in the skill challenges the night before the game.
Here are all of the details of the two events so you can get involved.
The ticket prices have not yet been released for the game as it is too early to buy a ticket. Fans are able to sign up for exclusive ticket pre-sale access on the MLS website to try and get a foot in the door ahead of the crowds.
Where to buy MLS All-Stars vs Arsenal tickets?
The MLS website is the place to be for tickets. They have a separate part of the website for the All-Star game which can be found above.
When do MLS All-Stars vs Arsenal tickets go on sale?
As mentioned, the pre-sale can be joined now but tickets will go on sale on Wednesday 28 March at 10:00 ET. That’s 07:00 PT and 14:00 GMT for those in the United Kingdom looking to grab tickets.
The match is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 19 July at Audi Field in Washington D.C. with no kick-off time decided just yet.
On 18 July, the 2023 MLS All-Star Skills Challenge will also take place. Both events will be broadcast in more than 100 countries and regions around the world on the MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV App.
Arsenal previously played the MLS All-Stars back in 2016. The Gunners had just finished second in the Premier League and players like Petr Cech, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott were in the starting XI.
Taking to the field for the MLS side were legends like Andrea Pirlo, Kaka, David Villa and Didier Drogba, but it was Joel Campbell who scored the game’s first goal as he struck from the penalty spot.
Former Chelsea striker Drogba equalised just before half time but Chuba Akpom ensured the north London side won by converting Nacho Monreal’s cross late on.
Someone who is particularly excited about the 2023 game is Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney, the current coach of D.C United who will take charge of the MLS All-Stars roster for the game.
He said: “I’ve had a front-row seat to watch the growth and development of Major League Soccer, first as a player and now as a manager.
“The opportunity to lead the best our league has to offer against a top Premier League club like Arsenal will be a highlight for me personally and an unforgettable experience for our passionate fanbase here in DC.”
Rooney previously played against the MLS side with Man Utd in a 4-0 win in 2011 and later represented the American league in the 2019 game when he and the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Nani and Carlos Vela were beaten 3-0 by Atletico Madrid.
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