Arteta hopes World Cup break will not disrupt Arsenal

Gunners five-point lead into recess after win at Wolves


Manager Mikel Arteta said he is hoping the World Cup break does not impede Arsenal’s momentum after the north London club defeated Wolverhamp­ton Wanderers 2-0 on Saturday to take a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Captain Martin Odegaard scored both goals as Arsenal beat Wolves to get to 37 points, extending their lead over secondplac­ed Manchester City, who lost at home to Brentford earlier in the day.

There will be a mid-season break to accommodat­e the World Cup, which runs from November 20 to December 18 in Qatar. The league resumes on Boxing Day.

“I would train tomorrow but unfortunat­ely they’re not here,” Arteta told the BBC. “I wish those going to the World Cup the best and they will look after themselves - I hope they enjoy it because it doesn’t get better than playing for your country.

“I don’t know [if the World Cup will disrupt flow], I’ll touch wood and hope for the best. When everyone is back we’ll assess where we are and go from there.”

Despite his concerns over the mid-season break, Arteta added that it would provide Arsenal an opportunit­y to reflect and prepare for the second half of the season.

“It’s great to be where we are and we are enjoying that moment,” Arteta said. “Now we have a big break and we have to reflect on what we’re doing and be prepared for after the World Cup.

“When a team is in that moment you want to carry on playing of course, but that’s not possible. We have to use that time as best as possible.” - Reuters

 ?? /MATTHEW ASHTON / GETTY IMAGES ?? Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.
/MATTHEW ASHTON / GETTY IMAGES Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

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