The international break is finally kicking in the front door. 2 days on from the last meaningful action and the break is already tiresome. As any club football fans would attest to. The idea of international football does not appeal to many with their allegiance strongly tied as mentioned earlier. Yet, for all that I love about club football, I cannot fathom a world of football without countries playing against each other.
For me, there are a few classification for the players during these period;
1) The tired – players who are first choice for us (whether by choice or injuries to others) and will probably get picked to played for their respective national sides. In the process, might have heavy legs when they return to us. Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen, Aaron Ramsey, Gervinho, Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski.
2) The minutes seekers – players who have been flirting with starting games for Arsenal but have only got the few minutes here and there. They will be looking to play for their country to sharpen their fitness/touch as well as to show Arsene Wenger that they deserve to be selected for more club action. Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain , Laurent Koscielny, Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud
3) The rested – players who have been playing a lot of games for us but not selected by their respective countries. These 2 weeks will represent a chance to recover from knocks and bruises at the comforts of London Colney or London in general. Some might even be given time off to go home and visit their families. Mikel Arteta, Vito Mannone and Carl Jenkinson.
4) The recovery – players who has played some games for us this season but has since got injured. They will be looking to utilise these 2 weeks to recover from their respective injuries and hope to be in contention for places again once the international breaks end. Kieran Gibbs and Abou Diaby.
5) The waiting list – players who have not played all that much for us, despite being fit and ready. Our strong start meant changes are at the minimum and one of the reasons why these players have not been selected to start. Andre Santos.
6) The eager ones – players who have not played any competitive games for us yet, this season. Players who have been injured since the start of the season and are now working their way towards being match fit again. 2 weeks of crucial fitness building. Jack Wilshere , Bacary Sagna, Emmanuel Frimpong and Tomas Rosicky.
7) The unknown – players who have been seen this season in a match or two but have since picked up an injury. The difference with No.4 is that these players have no set return date yet. Wojciech Szczesny.
8) The status-less – players who know are still contracted to us but have only been seen in training pictures and nothing else. Sebastien Squillaci and Marouane Chamakh.
Have I missed out anyone?