There is nothing that Arsene Wenger can do about the Arsenal players that have been called up by their respective coaches for international duty, other than cross his fingers and hope that they all come back to north London in one piece next week.
I must say that I find it slightly suspicious that Chelsea´s Costa and Liverpool´s Sturridge and Lallana have had to pull out of their international squads due to minor injury problems and will be surprised if they are not miraculously all better when the Premier League starts again but what can you do?
It could be a real blow to Arsenal if we lose any big players like Giroud, Koscielny, Ozil, Cazorla, Ramsey, Gabriel or Alexis Sanchez so clearly the biggest hope for Arsenal fans is to avoid this. After that, we would like some of the Gunners that have played the most, like Cazorla, Ozil and Alexis, to not be used too much. The fact that a lot of these are friendly games will hopefully help us with that.
We also have players like Monreal, Coquelin, Mertesacker and Bellerin who are not involved and could really do with a nice rest, while the break brings the return of our injured stars Wilshere, Arteta and Debuchy closer without them missing any more domestic action.
On the other hand, it would be good for some of our other players like Szczesny, Gibbs, Walcott and Gabriel to see some international action as it would be great for their confidence as well as helping them to come back to Arsenal with match sharpness and good morale.
These breaks are always stressful for Arsenal fans and Wenger but this one could actually work out pretty well for us. Fingers crossed!