The last two international breaks have been very different for Arsenal, and we Gooners can only hope that the differences end now, because if this latest Premier League game which Arsenal lost top Watford is the shape of things to come then we are all in for an unpleasant time of it.
Strangely enough, you would have expected Arsenal to be in a much better place aftyer the second international break of the new season than we were after the first but it has not turned out that way. You know the old adage of not wanting to head into a break after a loss? Well the first break came after a loss and a pretty awful one at Anfield.
The Gunners got themselves together and bounced back though, winning every game except the draw away to Chelsea and that was a big plus point for us as well, so we were all set to come back from the second break in fine fettle and raring to go then? Clearly not.
Now Arsene Wenger and the players must make sure that this is a blip and not the way our fortunes will pan out, because before the next break we have EPL games against Everton away, Swansea at home and Man City away as well as the Carabao Cup game and the Europa League double header with Red Star Belgrade.
Will that next international break be as painful for Arsenal fans as the first one was?