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San Jose Earthquakes coach Kinnear honoured to go up against Arsenal boss Wenger

Dom Kinnear admits it is a great honour to test his wares against Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

The San Jose Earthquakes head coach will take on the French tactician in his role as boss of the MLS XI in the 2016 AT&T All-Star match this summer.

The Gunners will make the trip to San Jose to meet the MLS select at Avaya Stadium on July 28 and Kinnear cannot wait.

"It's an honour. It really is," Kinnear told MLSsoccer.com.

"As you grow up a soccer fan, you grow up watching these teams play and you watch the managers – obviously, everyone knows Arsene Wenger and the change he really brought to the Premier League, with his off-the-field habits, what he wanted his players to do.

"For me, it's really neat."

Quakes president Dave Kaval was also thrilled with the fact the Premier League giants are fitting a Stateside trip into their pre-season plans.

"We looked at a lot of possible clubs for this match," Kaval told reporters at the announcement on Thursday.

"We felt that Arsenal was basically on the top of the list. We thought it was not a possibility because they just didn't usually travel to places like this for the preseason.

"So when it became a possibility, even, we were pretty excited. And we were kind of holding our breath that we could get the deal done, that we could get Arsene Wenger and the whole club excited about coming here.

"And we did it."

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