International Break Nightmare – Again
We are closed for an international break, a break that we need like a hole in the head. Arsenal have 16 players on full international duty:
France: Clichy, Diaby, Gallas, Nasri, Sagna
Holland: van Persie
Ivory Coast Toure, Eboue
Missing from that list are Walcott and Fabregas both recovering from injury and fingers crossed they will be back for the Manchester City game. Rosicky is still several weeks from being available, whilst it must be lonely at London Colney during international weeks for Almunia and Denilson. Joining them on those long and lonely runs in Hertfordshire, is Alex Song, who’s Cameroon, do not have a game.
Of the players away, Adebayor is the surprise package, as he is not yet fit, yet the Togolese management insist he will play.
Wenger dreads these weeks, as he sits at his desk on Thursday waiting to see which players turn up with injuries and when some will eventually arrive.
The Ivorian pair thank fully only have one game and will be back with us Monday. Thankfully, all the European based players are playing in countries within 3 hours flying time of London. The only absentee for the Manchester City is Carlos Vela who will be playing in Honduras in 1 April, with the time difference and flying time he will arrive in England by midday Friday at best.
I have harped on about this before, but UEFA/ FIFA need to look at when international fixtures take place, this break is the worse of the lot, teams are gearing themselves up for the final push for honours, momentum is suddenly lost, and a team’s season can change because of this break.