Theo Walcott believes the gap is closing between the MLS and EPL

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Walcott and his teammates are in California ahead of Arsenal's friendly clash against an MLS All-Stars side that includes big-names such as Didier Drogba, Kaka, David Villa and Andrea Pirlo.

The 27-year-old admits he is thrilled to be playing against the All-Stars and believes the gap is closing between the MLS and the Premier League.

"I'm sure American soccer, as you guys call it, is actually gaining very close to Premier League standard, definitely," Walcott said.

"There's a lot of players that have come from England to America. The game's growing, it's getting bigger and that's exactly what we want.

"When I was a kid we always used to hear about the All-Stars, obviously with basketball, and to actually be involved in an All-Star match against America's best is great to be part of, to be honest.

"Hopefully there will be more and more of this, and hopefully we can show what the Premier League's about."