Arsene Wenger will be working hard on the training field over the next two weeks with the Arsenal players that have not gone away on international duty. And, of course, he will be hoping that the Gunners’ bad luck with injuries stays away so that he can get on with the season with an almost full strength squad.
Aaron Ramsey will still be a couple of weeks away, but if all goes well, only Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud will be left in the treatment room. And Arsenal have a really good looking run of fixtures ahead of us to get our Premier League and Champions League campaigns firmly back on track. Hull at Home, Anderlecht away, Sunderland away, Burnley at home, Anderlecht at home and Swansea away before Man United come to town.
Wenger will want and expect to win all of those games, so Arsenal will probably be very attack minded. It will be interesting to see if Theo Walcott comes straight back into the side and if so, whether Alexis Sanchez will move to the left flank or whether the two will fight for a place.
Also, I wonder whether the form of Jack Wilshere will make it hard for Ramsey to win his place back or whether Wenger will try to play them both. With the likes of Cazorla and Podolski also fighting for a starting place, will Mesut Ozil still be an automatic starter if he continues to struggle?
They say that having a selection headache is a good problem for a manager to have, of course, so how do you see Arsenal lining up after the break?