On Monday when the news was broke that Arsenal had officially completed the signing of ex-Real Madrid and Germany international midfielder Mesut Ozil in a club record breaking deal of £42.4 million, all Arsenal fans alike were excited to see next weekend come quickly around for the Gunners so we could see him feature for the Arsenal as soon as possible.
That however has all been put on hold of course and Ozil, along with the rest of the internationals currently at our club, are partaking in the international break that always manages to annoy not just Arsenal fans but football fans everywhere.
Arsenal are normally considered to be unlucky during the international periods, with our club for some reason being rather prone to gathering up injuries. And when the injuries do start they tend to build up into long term problems with several different key players on the treatment table. In fact, for many years I think there could be a small possibility that the club could have done much better in the league each year if we had not sustained so many international injuries, as well as the fact that they weren’t as severe.
Right now we currently have the long term injuries of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlian who is about 4 weeks away from returning to training, whilst Lukas Podolski is expected to be out until early December at least. Some good news is that club captain Thomas Vermaelen and vice captain Mikel Arteta will be close to returning for the Gunners soon after the international break, with both expected back in light training in the next week.
But Arsenal must be very careful this time around because with our squad already being so thin on the ground and our team being full of different nationalities, we are really prone to obtaining an injury from an international game and it’s the most annoying thing for a club because it’s something we have little control over.
The fitness of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey supposedly needs to be monitored, whilst Arsenal fans will be hoping that Theo Walcott comes back to form with some good games for England over the course of the next week. Hopefully all the Gunners away on international duty return to London the way they left, so we can push on in our next league game against Sunderland!