Has the international break arrived at the right or wrong time for Arsenal?

The international break is something which is often frowned upon by fans as they crave their regular doses of entertaining domestic football on the weekends rather than having to fain interest in the rather dull international fixtures on their screens.

However, from the perspective of Arsenal, it would seem that the break has arrived at just the right time as now a number of injured stars have an extended period in which they can get fit for the Gunners upcoming fixtures.

Wenger's injury list rapidly growing

The host of crocked stars include Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Hector Bellerin. All three of Ramsey, Chamberlain and Bellerin are expected to return to first team action at the conclusion of the break which will be a huge boost to Arsene Wenger's side who will hoping to continue their title challenge and will be trying to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League after leaving themselves with some rather complicated circumstances due to some poor performances in Europe.

With Arsenal producing a rather poor performance in their 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur the return of these important players after the break could be invaluable. As well as the return of injured players the break could also help a number of players who have played a large number of minutes in what has been a rather hectic schedule for the Gunners in recent weeks.

Mesut Ozil who has been the star of the show in recent months has been excused from international duty by Germany manager Joachim Lowe while players such as Francis Coquelin and Nacho Monreal who have been in fine form this season have not been called up to their respective international squads so should get a welcome rest.

Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny have been called up but they are expected to all be treated with caution for their upcoming fixtures which could see them get a degree of rest which could be crucial to their recovery. A number of these players have looked fatigued in recent matches with Koscielny not risked against Bayern Munich in the recent Champions League fixture because of a small injury concern so a slight rest should prove beneficial to the star defenders health.

Gunners going great guns

While the break could provide a number of these Arsenal players with a needed rest there is an arguement that the break could disrupt the impressive form which Arsenal have been on domestically. Until the Tottenham game the Gunners had won five matches on the bounce in the Premier League and were beginning to show signs of genuine title challengers once again.

It remains to be seen whether Arsenal can continue this form after an extended break and fans alike will be hoping that the morale within the camp is not interrupted by the international fixtures.

Nevertheless, it seems that on the face of it the international break could come as a blessing in disguise for Arsenal. A recovery period has seem desperately needed in recent games and now the team has a chance to build up fitness and carry on their assault on the Premier League title.

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