Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hopes the World Cup stoppage will not affect Arsenal’s momentum after widening the gap at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Captain Martin Odegaard scored Arsenal’s two goals in the second half to raise his score to 37 points, five points behind second-placed Manchester City, who lost at home from Brentford.
The English Premier League will be suspended after Sunday’s matches, due to the World Cup being held in Qatar between November 20 and December 18.
“I wish the participants in the World Cup success and take care of themselves and enjoy the tournament because there is nothing better than representing your country,” Arteta told the BBC.
The Spanish coach added: “I do not know if the World Cup will disrupt Arsenal’s flourishing career, I hope the best, when everyone returns we will evaluate our position and resume work.”
Despite concerns about the mid-season break, Arteta indicated that it is an opportunity to reflect and prepare for the second half of the season.
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Arsenal will return to the Premier League by hosting West Ham United on December 26.