You might think that the Arsenal players would rather not break for the latest round of international games right now, a little bit like when you hear a commentator say that one team would like halftime while the other would rather carry on. Because after a tough run the performance and win from the Gunners at Everton has everyone at the club feeling good again and the team has found some form.
But our Spanish right back Hector Bellerin reckons it is the perfect time for Arsenal to take a breather and I agree. The 21-year old told Arsenal Player that he feels that all of the players will benefit from a chance to rest and freshen up, while going into the break on the back of a win will help the belief and morale levels.
Bellerin said: “It is great time to go on the international break after a win, and it’s time for the players to recharge their batteries because it is the last bit of the season and it is important for us.
“We knew it was going to be a hard game. We were really looking forward to it and the team put on a great performance, especially in the first half with two great goals. That gave us the chance to relax a little bit in the second half.
“It is always a hard place to come and in the last few years we have always had tough games [here]. To get a win like that was important.
“I think the team has had more purpose with the ball lately and we are playing better football. That is showing on the pitch because we have to defend less because we are keeping the ball and creating way more chances.”
There are more good reasons for Arsenal to welcome this break as well, not least the minor injury picked up by Mesut Ozil against Everton. If we are to stand any chance of winning all the remaining games and making a title challenge then our German creative genius is vital.
And because of circumstances we will have fewer players than usual to worry about picking up an injury with their country. I wouldn’t say this was the best time for a break because that would have been a month or so ago, but will it work to our benefit?