Player: Aaron Long
Age: 30Place of birth: Oak Hills, California
Along with Walker Zimmerman, Long, 30, is expected to start in the heart of the defense. Berhalter has been looking for a suitable replacement ever since Miles Robinson tore his Achilles tendon earlier this year, and at the moment, Long appears to be the top option.
The New York Red Bulls defender has experience with the USMNT, which is undoubtedly a benefit. He was previously named the MLS Defender of the Year and a part of the CONCACAF Gold Cup Best XI. He has three goals and two assists in 29 appearances.
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Following Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, which gave the north London club a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League, manager Mikel Arteta expressed his hope that the World Cup break will not hinder the team’s momentum.
When Arsenal defeated Wolves, it increased its advantage over second-placed Manchester City, which had earlier lost at home to Brentford. Captain Martin Odegaard scored both goals for Arsenal.
After Sunday’s games, there will be a mid-season break to make room for the World Cup, which is being held in Qatar from November 20 to December 18.
Despite his worries, Arteta noted that the midseason break will give Arsenal time to think and get ready for the second half of the season.
At a press conference, Arteta said, “It’s amazing to be where we are and we are enjoying that time. “Now that we have a significant gap, we need to evaluate our actions and get ready for life after the World Cup…
“You naturally want to keep playing when a team is in that situation, but that is not realistic. We have to make the most of that time.
On December 26, Arsenal will host West Ham United in a league match.