Gedion Zelalem in Arsenal preliminary squad to face MLS All-Star team

Arsenal have included American youngster Gedion Zelalem in their preliminary squad to face the MLS All-Star team next week.

Major League Soccer announced the Gunners' team on Friday night ahead of the July 28 game in San Jose, California.

Arsene Wenger will have some of his regular defensive players involved, including Per Mertesacker, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal, but the Gunners will be without top goal threats Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil after their long involvements at international tournaments this summer.

But Bellerin, Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka and Petr Cech are all included despite playing at Euro 2016, while David Ospina and Joel Campbell featured in the Copa America.

Zelalem, 19, is in the squad after spending last season on loan with Rangers. He became eligible for the United States last year and played in the Under-20 World Cup.

Rob Holding could make his Arsenal debut after completing his move from Bolton earlier on Friday.

The squad is subject to change but is expected to be the same one that faces Chivas in Los Angeles on July 31.

The full Arsenal team:

Goalkeepers: Petr Cech, David Ospina, Emiliano Martinez

Defenders: Hector Bellerin, Krystian Bielik, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy, Gabriel, Kieran Gibbs, Rob Holding, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal

Midfielders: Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Chris Willock, Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka, Gedion Zelalem

Forwards: Chuba Akpom, Joel Campbell, Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott