Finally it’s over. There will be no more interruption from my beloved Arsenal. Well, not at least until next season when the qualifying round for the European Championship begins anyway. I’m sure there will be more international games to come between now and next May but at least it would not be for a whole 12-14 days.
So, let’s do a headcount check to see if we have benefited from this round of international break.
Carlos Vela played the full 90 minutes again for Mexico inspite having already qualified for the finals. Put that together with the long flight, I guess we won’t be seeing him against Birmingham.
Nicklas Bendtner suffered his first loss in the last match of the campaign as he also completed the full 90 for the second successive game but he will came back full of confidence having helped his country secure qualification.
Phillipe Senderos added another milestone in his comeback trail as he completed his second full game in less than 5 days. I may be wrong but I think that’s his first in 2 years.
Fabregas’ best friend, Tomas Rosicky captained his country for 70 minutes before being withdrawn. Up till now there are no news of him suffering from any injury effect. Good thing for Arsenal, he will now have the whole summer to recuperate from his comeback season and hopefully also to sign an extension to his current contract.
Aaron Ramsey scored his first goal for his country and also played the full game. It looks like the lad has already established his spot in the national squad at a tender age of only 18. He was earlier expected to miss this game due to injury. If he had played through the pain barrier, then it will not endear himself to Wenger one bit. He later spoke to BBC about this game.
Thomas Vermaelen’s confidence may not be sky high having conceded twice to suffer his first defeat as captain of Belgium. Another one whom we can count own to have a great rest in the summer next year.
Gael Clichy got a rare full game for France in their dead rubber against Austria. He will no doubt be on the plane to South Africa but will not feature unless Patrice Evra suffers a magnificent loss of form.
So basically the medical team at Arsenal will surely report a clean bill of health to all those returning players although they will need to find a dentist for Gallas.
Good. Done and dusted. Now on to more serious business.