With the Gunners facing what is supposed to be the whipping boys of Champions League group A this evening and the match being at home, most Arsenal fans will be expecting a reasonably comfortable Arsenal victory over Ludogorets Razgrad.
A couple of Arsenal stars were in action yesterday in World Cup qualifying matches, while on-loan Joel Campbell appeared for Costa Rica in a friendly match.
In some ways the Arsenal left back Kieran Gibbs has had a bit of luck this week, with the injury to the Southampton star Ryan Bertrand leading to a rare international call up by the new England manager Gareth Southgate, as reported on the Arsenal website.
Hector Bellerin had to be subbed off during a qualifier for the Spain Under-21 side last week, and Arsenal had feared the worst about a potential ankle injury.
The right-back has been dropped back down to the Under-21 side after a campaign with the senior side at the European Championships, but was unable to complete the full 90 minutes against San Marino on Wednesday unfortunately.
While the Arsenal and England left back Kieran Gibbs is well aware that his chances to carry on his international career are suffering because of the lack of football he gets at club level, the player he is trying to replace in the Arsenal team could be forgiven for wondering what more he has to do.
The chances of Ricardo Rodriguez becoming an Arsenal player this summer and joining his Switzerland international team mate Granit Xhaka at the Emirates is looking stronger by the minute. The only things that could stop it happen are if the rumours about Arsene Wenger wanting the talented young left back turn out to be false, or if another club beats Arsenal to the punch.
There were not many Arsenal fans that had heard of Nacho Monreal when he arrived from Malaga three years ago, but he has grown into the role and is now one of the clubs most consistent players after coming to terms with the style of play in the Premier League.
Match Preview: Arsenal v Aston Villa
Aston Villa are Arsenal’s last opposition of a truly disappointing 2015-16 Season, which had promised so much more for the Gunners. Although to be disappointed with Arsenal’s situation, you cannot help but think about how the fans of Aston Villa must feel right now!