The November international break is in full swing and the ideal outcome for Mikel Arteta has already been mapped out ahead of Arsenal's clash against Brentford a week on Saturday.
Even with Martin Odegaard pulling out of the Norway squad and Thomas Partey injured, the Gunners have still had 17 senior players called up to represent their respective nations with Leandro Trossard the first to feature as he was a second half substitute for Belgium in their win over Serbia on Wednesday evening.
As is usually the case whenever an international break comes around, the debate is the timing. Arsenal may feel their momentum — particularly in the Premier League — is being disrupted, although looking at their growing injury list and perhaps this is the perfect time for a pause in the season.
Therefore with this being an opportunity for Odegaard and Ben White — who missed the win over Burnley last weekend — to use this period to heal up, football.londonhave outlined what a dream international break for the Gunners would look like for Arteta who has an anxious week ahead of him.
But can anything happen to worry the Spaniard and supporters ahead of the Premier League clash against Brentford? Well, football.london plays devil's advocate to assess what would be the worst-case scenario for the Gunners during the international break, and unsurprisingly injuries are the main concern.
The one fear most — if not all — managers have for any international break is getting their players back in the shape they left in. Arteta is no different and whilst Gabriel Jesus should benefit from being named in the Brazil squad despite recovering from a hamstring problem, his injury record this season means he needs to be taken good care of.
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