Arsenal’s key midfielder Mathieu Flamini has welcomed the timing of the international break. The Frenchman who has been key to Arsenal’s dominance both in the league and Champions’ League has taken the international break as an opportunity to refuel after a grueling 4 weeks of intense club football.
The rest he is talking about is only open to a few of Arsenal’s players that didn’t receive international call-ups; Flamini, Artete and Bendtner are in this class. The first 2 are important but the latter, who really cares?
“I think [the international break] comes at a really good time because we have played a lot,”
“Obviously everybody is tired physically and tired mentally because you have to give 200 per cent in every single game.
“For us it is a chance to have players coming back into the group like maybe Theo [Walcott] and Santi [Cazorla]. I hope everyone will be back soon.”
Despite earning his week off, Flamini says that the demands of the Premier League have not let up during his five-year stay with AC Milan.
“I don’t think it is harder – the Premier League was very hard before and it is still as hard as before,” he added.
“Top players were playing in the Premier League before and top players are still playing in the Premier League now. That means it’s very physical and very quick from one side to another.
“The transition from the defence to the attack is very quick. We have a lot of space also and of course for me it is the most difficult championship. We can see that every time on the pitch.”
The break will avail us the opportunity to nurse our stars back to health. Stars like Cazorla, Podolski, Walcott have been penciled down for a return after it. Sagna and Rosicky should be fully fit after it too. Rosicky just returned before it but with him getting exemption from Czech, he can get to work on his fitness and get really fit for the visit of Norwich and Dortmund. Sagna missed Arsenal’s game before the break owing to an hamstring injury. Though Wenger’s time frame for recuperation was 3 weeks but I doubt if he would be out for the long. Guess it was just a ploy by Wenger to prevent him aggravating the injury while on international duty.
In the past, Arsenal have seemed to loose momentum after the international break but Wenger will be hoping for sustained momentum after the current one. It is a coincidence that on the back of an international break, we lost to Norwich at Carrow road last season, Wenger will be hoping for better luck this time.
We have ample motivation this time. We haven’t lost in 10 matches and currently top of the league. So we have every reason to look forward to the return of club football