If it carries on like this then the Arsenal fans, players and manager will be over the moon when the domestic action begins again with the visit of Liverpool next weekend. The Gunners had three of our players in action for their countries last night and it could hardly have gone better.
At first I was a bit annoyed to see that Mesut Ozil was one of only five outfield Germany international players that completed the whole of the friendly match against Australia, but then he did have the day off for Arsenal’s last game against Newcastle.
And he clearly played well and was even rewarded with the captain’s armband once the Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira had been replaced. After all the negativity aimed at Ozil in England and Germany in the last couple of years, that show of faith from Joachim Low must have been a real boost to our record signing and will surely have meant a lot to him.
There was a rare bit of good news for our on loan striker Lukas Podolski as well, as he came on to score the equaliser that earned Germany a 2-2 draw. Maybe that will be just the boost Podolski needs, either to get him going at Inter Milan or to help him find another club in the summer, as it seems highly unlikely that he will play for Arsenal again. It still helps us if Podolski does well though, so hopefully he will get another chance for Germany next week.
The final Gunner in action was young Chuba Akpom, who won and then score a penalty which earned the England under 20 side a creditable draw against a very highly regarded Mexico team. The 19-year old striker is now apparently set to join Nottingham Forest for the rest of the season and we all hope that there are plenty more goals to come from the youngster.
Day one of the international break over and so far so good for Arsenal.