"He's an important leader for the team and a big part of what we're building. He wants to be up there with the best players in the world and leave his mark. He can achieve that here," said Arteta.
Following the decision by the AFC's COVID-19 sub-committee to withdraw Al-Wahda and render their matches null and void, Al-Ahli found themselves in need of just three points to guarantee a top-two spot in the now three-team Group A.
On the other table on Friday, Stuart Bingham topped the group by winning three matches without losing any frames.
Li Shenglong's fantastic diving header threw SIPG into the second round after collecting Civanildo Souza (Hulk)'s corner kick.
Lucien Favre then brought on Marco Reus for his return after a long injury lay-off, and the German international paid back his trust seconds later, beating Weinkauf following a free-kick at the hour mark.
Khalid Al-Ghannam (R) of Al Nassr FC vies for the ball with Seyed Mohammad Karimi of Sepahan FC during the AFC Asian Champions League group D football match between Al Nassr FC of Saudi Arabia and Sepahan FC of Iran at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Capital of Qatar, September 15, 2020. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua)
"We are working hard for the new season and I think we will have the same group of players that we have now in pre-season," he commented.
Infantino also reiterated FIFA's prioritization of women's football through the recently-launched FIFA Women's Development Program and investment totaling one billion US dollars over the current four-year cycle.
Slovan's Brazilian striker Rafael Ratao had the biggest opportunity in the 41st minute when he found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper but failed to take the clear-cut chance, instead, failing to square the ball to a teammate.
Marco Rose's men threw everyone up front but got caught flat-footed following a corner, as Sancho had a lot of green ahead and teed up for Haaland, who put the result beyond doubt after wrapping up his brace in the 78th minute.
Duisburg tried to keep pace but the "BVB" continued their relentless march, as Giovanni Reyna's deflected free-kick left goalkeeper Leo Weinkauf helpless five minutes into the second half.