Mikel Arteta praised the ‘maturity’ of his Arsenal players as they cruised to a 2-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers and extended their lead at the top of the Premier League.
With Manchester City suffering a surprise home defeat to Brentford in the lunchtime kick-off, the onus was on Arsenal to get a positive result at Wolves and underline their title credentials.
It took a while to break the deadlock, but two second-half strikes from captain Martin Odegaard were enough to snatch the win for Arteta’s side and extend their lead at the summit of the table to five points going into the World Cup break.
Exuding positivity after the game, Arteta told the BBC: “Thanks to the fans for the support and the way they helped transform this club and the energy of everyone and they should enjoy it [being top of the league].
“We showed another kind of maturity today to play their game, in the first 20-30 minutes we struggled to break them down. We were much better in the second half and we had a bit more courage and took risks but also not allowing them to run.”
When asked about the mentality and spirit within the Arsenal camp, Arteta responded: “Unbelievable – without these individuals we wouldn’t be in the position we are. They are growing day by day.”
Arsenal only seem to be growing in momentum and stature this season, and Arteta implied he would rather continue the season than break for the World Cup – but still wished his players the best in the competition regardless.
“I would train tomorrow but unfortunately they’re not here,” said Arteta.
“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.”
Marcus Rashford pays tribute to late friend with goal celebration
Marcus Rashford has revealed that his celebration following his first goal against Wales was a tribute to a friend who’d recently passed away.
The Man Utd man was in electric form for the Three Lions on Tuesday evening, scoring a brace and catapulting himself to the top of the tournament goalscoring charts in the process. In scoring his second and third goal in Qatar, Rahsford became the first Man Utd player to score three goals at a World Cup for England since Sir Bobby Charlton achieved the feat way back in 1966.
Speaking after the game to the press, Rashford revealed that he pointed to the sky following his first goal in order to pay tribute to his friend who passed away following a long battle with cancer:
“I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He had quite a long battle with cancer. I’m pleased I scored for him, he was a big supporter and good friend of mine. He was someone who came into my life.”
Rashford also gave an assessment of the game itself and his overall performance stating: “I fancied a free-kick in the first half, but the one in the second half was in a better position. From there it’s about being calm and executing what you do in training. They don’t go in often but I was glad it did today.
“It’s a great feeling. We were a bit disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in your next game; I thought we did it. It was just about taking the chances when they came.”
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Tottenham ask Inter about availability of key player
Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries to Inter over right wing-back Denzel Dumfries, 90min understands.
Spurs are on the hunt for reinforcements at wing-back, with 90min previously reporting that one of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty could be sold in January, while a loan move for Djed Spence looks likely.
On their list of targets is Dumfries, who is currently at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Inter need to sell one star player by the end of the season to help ease their financial woes.
It was previously thought that Milan Skriniar would be the man to make way, but he will either sign a new contract or leave for free when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Instead, Inter will look to sell Dumfries in January and loan him back for the rest of the season, though Spurs would push to take him off their hands straight away.
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In addition to Tottenham, Chelsea are also interested in the Dutchman, and this could drive Dumfries’ price up.
Dumfries signed for Inter in 2021 as a replacement for the outgoing Achraf Hakimi, whose sale partly contributed to the exit of current Spurs head coach Antonio Conte.
He scored five goals from wing-back in his debut season at San Siro and has found the net twice more this term.
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