‘You sense football is waking up here’

Arsène Wenger believes the attention Arsenal’s visit to the United States has generated is evidence of “football waking up” in the country.

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Wenger’s side face the MLS All-Stars in San Jose on Thursday - and the boss says his team must “make the absolute maximum” of the match as they continue to prepare for the new Premier League season.

“We know that we have a very short period to prepare,” he said in his press conference. “Many of our players have been at the European Championship.

“We start in mid-August so we have to make the absolute maximum of each game we play. That’s why it will be a very interesting game for us on Thursday.

“My first impression [of the US] is that there are more and more people here in the States who love football and know our players, which is a bit unusual for us in the States. That’s a good sign that football is taking off in the States."

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