Most of Arsenals first team face two internationals before returning to the club. With The Gunners recent resurgence, winning nine of their last eleven fixtures in all competitions, Wenger wants them to be fully focused on the task ahead when they travel to Norwich on November 19.
Wenger spoke to Arsenals official website:
It [the international break] is certainly not a joy for me but hopefully it is not a pain because I hope the players will come back in good spirit. But it could be a pain if we lose some players through injury.
I don’t believe [it will upset our rhythm]. It’s always a challenge to get the focus back quickly when players come from international games but let’s hope we can sort that out.
Sixteen Gunners leave north London to meet up with their respective national sides which will offer players a ‘break’ away from the hectic Premier League / Champions League schedule. International friendlies have notourisly been bad luck for the Gunners with Robin van Persie missing half a season in 2010 from a bad tackle for the Dutch national side.
So many will be watching these friendlies apprehensively, hoping their star players do not incurr an injury, but there are positives in the break in that players such as Arshavin, Djourou and Rosicky can get some minutes on the pitch and hopefully head back to the Arsenal camp in positive spirits.