LONDON, England – Arsenal fans are anxious about the upcoming international break, as several of the team’s key players will be missing from action. However, there are both best and worst-case scenarios for the team during this time.
Manager Mikel Arteta is hoping that this year’s international break will be better than the last one, when Gabriel Jesus was injured playing for Brazil, requiring surgery that kept him out of action until March. However, despite Jesus’ absence, Arsenal kept their championship hopes alive and are now eight points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the table, with just ten games left to play.
As the international break approaches, Arsenal fans are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. The best-case scenario would be for Saliba to recover, while the worst-case scenario would involve injuries to key players like Saka and Odegaard. However, there are players who could benefit from the break, such as Smith Rowe and Kiwior, who will be representing England U21s and Poland, respectively.
Manager Mikel Arteta has emphasized the importance of self-care during the international break and has promised to look after the players who will not be playing for their national teams. He wants to make sure they are fit and ready to play when the team returns to face Leeds United in their next Premier League match.
One of the team’s main concerns during the international break is injuries. Partey’s fitness is one of Arteta’s top concerns, and losing players like Zinchenko, Xhaka, Odegaard, or Saka would be a nightmare scenario for the team. However, Arteta has vowed to look after the senior players not called up for international service, including Ben White, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Martinelli, Reiss Nelson, and Jesus.
The team’s success will depend on how well they manage the international break. While there are concerns about injuries and fatigue, there are also opportunities for players to rest and recharge. Arsenal fans are hoping for the best, but they know that anything can happen during the international break.
WORST SCENARIO – Injuries. Getting their players back in the same shape they were in prior to the break is the one concern that the majority of managers—if not all—will have. Similar to other players, Thomas Partey’s fitness is going to be Arteta’s top concern this time around.
Arteta will be hoping that others are as coddled as the 29-year-old, too. Zinchenko, Xhaka, Odegaard, and Saka are arguably among Arsenal’s strongest starting XI when everyone is healthy, so losing any of them would be a nightmarish scenario.