If the various Arsenal players out there on international duty for their respective national teams get through the next few days without picking up any injury problems and return to north London fit and ready to resume the Premier League title chase, then we will all be able to breathe a huge sigh of relief, but we are not there yet Gooners, and the next few days will be nervous ones for us and for Arsene Wenger.
We already knew about the possibility of our stars picking up a knock when off playing for their countries, as it has happened to us more than once in the past, but the events of the past few dfays has just brought into stark detail the problems that these international breaks can bring, without there being anything you can do about it.
Remember when Didier Deschamps played the only just fit again Abou Diaby against the advice and better wishes of Wenger? We lost him again to another long spell on the sidelines and it was immensely frustrating. This time there have been no problems for any Gunners, but two of our big EPL rivals, Chelsea and Man United, have seen key players injured.
United’s Fellaini went off after 23 minutes of the Belgium games yesterday and it suspected knee ligament damage that could rule him out for some time. Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante did his hamstring playing for France. These issues may just help Arsenal this season but we cannot yet rule out anything similar happening to one or more of our own.
Cross you fingers Arsenal fans….