MOR­GAN’S AIM­ING TO HON­OUR REGIS

Arsenal v Wolves

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! -

MOR­GAN GIBBS-WHITE wants to suc­ceed – to prove Cyrille Regis right.

Wolves’ teen sen­sa­tion, a World Cup win­ner with Eng­land Un­der-17s last sea­son, has made the break­through into Nuno Espir­ito Santo’s plans.

He is one of only six 18-year-olds to have played in the Premier League this sea­son.

How­ever, Gibbs-White (be­low) has his eyes on go­ing fur­ther still to live up to the ex­pec­ta­tions his late men­tor – who passed away in Jan­uary from a heart at­tack – set for him.

The mid­fielder said: “Cyrille was my agent – but he was more than that.

“He was a friend, like a fam­ily mem­ber. He helped me out when I couldn’t turn to any­one else to ask them for ad­vice.

“Cyrille was an in­spi­ra­tion. He was a great player. Also the things he went through – the way he dealt with racism, for ex­am­ple.

“He in­spired and im­proved me – he was a great ex­am­ple.

“I turned to him and he al­ways gave me the best ad­vice. It was gut-wrench­ing to see what hap­pened to him and the way he left us.

“I couldn’t thank him enough for what he did for me. I’m do­ing what I’m do­ing now for him – and ev­ery­one else who has helped me.”

Gibbs-White was praised by Match of the Day pun­dit Danny Mur­phy af­ter an eye-catch­ing cameo against Spurs last week.

He said: “When I came on in the sec­ond half the game was a bit dead. I added some­thing – pos­si­bly a bit of spirit. Un­for­tu­nately it wasn’t our day.

“I did lis­ten to what was said on Match of the Day but it’s im­por­tant that I stay hum­ble. If I let it go to my head, it’s not go­ing to help.

“I try not to let any at­ten­tion bother me and try to get on with my foot­ball.” Wolves have not tasted suc­cess over Arsenal on their own patch for 39 years, since win­ning 3-2 at High­bury.

And with the Gun­ners com­ing off the back of a long win­ning streak, Gibbs-White knows how tough the task is.

He said: “The man­ager has a con­fi­dence and be­lief in the way we play. The mood in the camp is still high.

“We will go out be­liev­ing we can get a per­for­mance and a vic­tory.”

NEIL MOX­LEY

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