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Bukayo Saka plays a vital role for England and Im confident he will make some World Cup appearances. It will be a proud moment if he scores.

Gareth Southgate will be happy he took my advice and brought Ben White along and Im excited to see him get some minutes too.

Under-21 captain Matt Smith says he wants to give it one more go at Arsenal after a string of loan moves.

The midfielder, who regularly trains with the clubs first team, has had loan spells at Swindon, Charlton and Doncaster Rovers since 2020.

He is yet to make his Arsenal debut and told the clubs website: Being patient and needing to wait for your opportunity can be frustrating for any player, but the key is how you react to having to be patient, and thats massive for the boss with the values that he has. You have to find a way to make that frustration a good thing and use it in training to show that you really want it. Sulking and keeping your head down is not going to benefit you in any way. Every day is an opportunity to impress and show the boss that youre ready, so every single time I go over with the first-team, thats what I try to do.

I had enjoyed all three of my loans and obviously gained a lot of experience and developed as a player massively from them, but when it came to making a decision on where to play my football this season, I knew I wanted to give it one more go at Arsenal.

I think sometimes it can be forgotten that the reason players go out on loan is to develop as a person, as a player, and ultimately come back with a view to make it into the first-team, and thats what was the ambition for me. I feel like I had done my time out on loan. I could have gone out again but something about that didnt feel right, so I didnt think it would do me any harm to give it a go and stay here up until January, at least.

Cedric Soares has revealed how family input makes him feel he was destined to play for Arsenal.

The 31-year-old defender joined Southampton from Sporting Lisbon in 2015, before moving to the Gunners in 2020.

When I first arrived in the UK with Southampton, my father said I would play for Arsenal, said Soares.

We came to watch a game here at the Emirates, the three of us. My father turned to my agent and said this is the place where you need to bring my son.

This was back in 2015, my first year in the UK. My father now tells me that I am playing for the club that I wanted to be at. Its actually crazy, and its true. When I left Southampton there were two big teams interested in signing me, and one of them of course was Arsenal. But in the end, it was an easy decision for me to make, because that had been in my mind.

Arsenal midfielder Charlie Patino, whose contract runs out next summer and is currently on loan at Blackpool, is being tracked by Barcelona.(Calcio Mercato, via Express),external

Shakhtar Donetsk want 100m euros (87.75m) for Ukrainian Mykhaylo Mudryk, who has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Manchester City and Newcastle United.(Athletic - subscription required),external

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Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal are all interested in signing Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar, with Inter Milan hoping the 27-year-old will sign a new deal. (90min,external)

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Oli Price-Bates,The Fresh Arsenal podcast,external

With Gabriel Jesus continuing to play well but not scoring as many as you might expect from a table-topping striker, Arsenal have received a big boost from goalscoring midfielders in these first 14 games.

Granit Xhaka has already trebled his tally from last season with three, Partey has notched a couple and Martin Odegaard is averaging a goal nearly every other game.

Arsenals captain had previously been criticised for his lack of goals and inconsistent performances away from home. Now, he is the teams top scorer in the Premier League, netting six times and four of those coming away from home.

It doesnt feel like the signing of Odegaard has been given enough credit. The former Real Madrid man turns 24 next month and keeps getting better. Considering his age and quality, 30m was an absolute steal and he has played a huge part in Arsenals success so far this season.

Now we break for the World Cup, Arsenal top of the tree at Christmas. My feet and most other Arsenal fans are still firmly planted, but dreams are becoming ever harder to ignore when you glance at the table.

Arsenal will play friendlies against Lyon and AC Milan during their warm-weather training camp for the World Cup break.

Those players not involved in the tournament in Qatar will travel to Dubai as part of the clubs preparations for when they return to Premier League action against West Ham on Boxing Day.

The Gunners face Lyon on Thursday, 8 December before taking on AC Milan on Thursday, 13 December as part of the Dubai Super Cup.

Liverpool will also be taking part in the friendly competition, but will not play Mikel Artetas side.

Arsenal have been joined by Manchester United in pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk and Ukraine winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, with United boss Erik ten Hag said to have been interested in the 21-year-old since he was Ajax manager. (Sun,external)

Mudryk said in an interview with Vlada Sedan, Gunners defender Oleksandr Zinchenkos wife, on her YouTube channel that he would rather be a starter at Arsenal than sit on Real Madrids bench. But the Ukraine winger, 21, wants to speak with manager Mikel Arteta before deciding on his future.(Vlada Sedan via Metro),external

Arsenal and Liverpool are also interested in Borussia Monchengladbachs Thuram - the Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season and has been heavily linked with Bayern Munich. (90min,external)

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We asked for your thoughts on Saturdays match from Molineux.

David:Julen Lopetegui knows what he needs to do and I hope he has the stomach for a fight. Again we carved out openings in the best defence in the league but no one to put the ball in the back of the net. I cant fault the players efforts and hope that when we have a fully fit squad we have the firepower to get out of bottom three.

Jon:Nuno Espirito-Santo tried a back four and got sacked. Bruno Lage tried a back four and got sacked. Back to a back three and a much better performance. Hugo Buenos becoming a rare positive in a season of despair. Still only six points off 13th so plenty to play for but Jeff needs to get the chequebook out in January (and everyone knows what we need). Over to you Julen.

Dave:No complaints about our performance against the league leaders - main difference between team was being clinical where it counts (and a bad refereeing/VAR decision first half!). There is a positive feeling that J-Lo can build on this to get us some goals and some results and hopefully out of the relegation mire and possibly deep in the Carabao Cup.

Ben:These are the games we have to win in order to challenge for the title. Not sure if the World Cup break is a positive or a negative, just have to hope that all the players return without injuries. If Mikel Arteta can strengthen in January then I think we will definitely mount a title challenge.

Tanay:A nitty gritty performance as expected at Molineux. What a feeling for us fans, top of the table for Christmas, our wishes have come true. A shout out to Martin Odegaard, who put in a captains performance. All I want for Christmas is for this dominance to continue. COME ON YOU GUNNERS!

Robert:Not as entertaining as we have often been, but concentration and determination won the day. We did not look like a bunch of 20-year-olds - we looked like a group that had been playing together for many years. Great runs off the ball, superb defending from front to back. By the way, has the youngest squad in the league ever won the title?

If you missed out on Saturdays action then fear not, you can catch up with a bumper Saturday full of drama at both ends of the table.

Watch Match of the Day on BBC iPlayer now.

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Arsenal extended their lead at the top of the league to five points with a win at Wolves and two players grabbed Garth Crooks attention to make his team of the week.

Last week it was William Saliba who received the plaudits for an excellent performance against Chelsea. However,against Wolves,the Frenchman looked a little vulnerable and needed Gabriel to get him out of one or two rather tricky situations.

Its always a good sign that, when one player is having a difficult time, his partner can raise his game and fill the void. Quite apart from Gabriels performance, Arsenals defensive line-up is the real strength behind their success.

The more I see this player the more I like him. Cool under pressure, never over-celebrates and, dare I say it, brings a touch of elegance to an Arsenal side that is showing more class than Im used to seeing from the Gunners.

It would seem goals, clean sheets and a touch of sophistication in midfield from Martin Odegaard are combining to keep Arsenaltop of the table.

Find out who else made Garths team of the week here

Former Premier League right-back Stephen Kelly says Arsenal are going from strength to strength and dont look like fading away from the title challenge.

He told BBC Radio 5 Lives Football Daily: You talk about professionalism to see the job through and Arsenal have got that about them now.

People always questioned if they would fall away like last season missing out on the Champions League when they faded. They dont seem to be letting up, they are playing really good football and they dont concede too many chances.

I cant see how they arent contenders. Wolves could have been a bit of a banana skin for them. This could have been a game where they slipped up. The new Wolves manager was out here before the match, the crowd was up. Even though in the end they didnt look like causing a threat.

Arsenal looked very comfortable, they looked assured, they looked confident. Everyone had a good game and they are not carrying anyone on the pitch. Everyone knows their role.

Garth Crooks Team of the Week: Which forward is finding his rhythm?,published at21:13 13 November

Garth Crooks Team of the Week: Which forward is finding his rhythm?

I have lost count of the number of people who have pointed out that Erling Haaland will be fresh and raring to go when the Premier League season restarts after Christmas and that could be the crucial factor in the deciding the title.

Well, dont forget Arsenal have their own influential Norwegian. Martin Odegaard was outstanding at Molineux. He controls the tempo of the game and has now added goals to his armoury. If he retains his form, Arsenal will go very close.

As for Wolves, Julen Lopetegui is an excellent coach. But unless he finds a goal scorer from somewhere, his time at Molineux will be spent scrapping against relegation.

Odegaard double sends Arsenal five points clear,published at23:13 12 November

Odegaard double sends Arsenal five points clear

Wolves 0-2 Arsenal: Your post-match reaction

Were you at Molineux or following the match from home?

Either way, we want your views on the game - so have your say here

The confirmed Wolves and Arsenal team news is now in, with kick-off at Molineux less than an hour away.

Follow updates, plus the rest of Saturdays Premier League matches here

This week Chris Sutton takes on Jessica McHale and Olivia Chomczuk, stars of football drama Jamie Johnson, in the latest round of Premier League predictions.

Wolves have a new manager at last in Julen Lopetegui and, although interim boss Steve Davis stays in charge for this game, that makes it more dangerous for Arsenal.

Gunners fans probably werent that bothered about going out of the Carabao Cup in midweek, because the Premier League is their priority.

Arsenal played with such confidence when they beat Chelsea last weekend, and Mikel Arteta said afterwards that they are title contenders.

If that is the case, they will win at Molineux. They should do, because they have got a goal threat and defensive stability too.

Arsenal are playing really well but I dont think they can keep it up all season - the wheels are going to come off at some point, and I still think Manchester City will win the title.

If United cant be champions then Id rather Arsenal won the title this season. I dont think they will, but there is a lot of potential in their team and they are going to do well at Wolves.

Find out how Sutton, Jessica and Olivia think the rest of the weekend will go and cast your vote here

Wolves full-back Nelson Semedo is available after serving a one-match ban in the Carabao Cup win over Leeds United, but Diego Costa remains suspended.

New manager Julen Lopetegui spent his first day at the club on Friday, but will not officially take charge until Monday.

Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu is continuing to be assessed after he limped off against FC Zurich last week.

Emile Smith Rowe continues to recover after having groin surgery.

Who do you think will start for Wolves?

World Cup absentees - who benefits most? Video, 00:03:01,published at17:16 11 November

World Cup absentees - who benefits most?

Arteta hails tougher, better Saka

Mikel Arteta believes Bukayo Saka is a tougher, better player after his experiences at Euro 2020, where he missed a penalty in the shootout as England lost the final to Italy.

Since that disappointment, the Arsenal forward has evolved into one of the most exciting players in the Premier League, and his club boss expects him to keep improving.

He reacted in a great way, Arteta said. The support and recognition he got from world football was incredible for him and helped him develop into an even better player.

He has played in every stadium in this country and the way people have treated and shown him appreciation - he needed that support.

Those experiences make you tougher, better. He has embraced it and taken his game to a different level.

Mikel Arteta has been speaking to the media before Arsenals visit toWolveson Saturday.

Here are the key lines from his news conference:

Arteta believes Ben White fully deserves his place in Englands World Cup squad: Look at his career and how far he has come in a short period. That says everything about the players ambition and the consistency he has achieved.

He said the opportunity to be top at Christmas with a win on Saturday does not motivate him: It will be great, but our focus is to play better every single day.

Arteta has told his players not to worry about getting injured: We discussed this before if youre thinking about injuries, it will probably happen. I told them they are professional athletes and the risk is always there so [they need] to do their job and commit in every action.

He would not be drawn on transfer plans: Ive said from day one that the demands on us are huge. We have competed in a really impressive way up to now. Of course, if we can improve the team we will do so, but this window is so unpredictable, especially with the World Cup.

On Wolves, who have new manager Julen Lopetegui taking charge on Monday, Arteta said: They are in a moment with very special circumstances. Steve [Davis] has done a really good job. Were playing them on a Saturday night at their stadium - it will be busy and it will be a tough game.

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