At least after tonight the Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger will no longer have to wait and wonder with trepidation about the fitness of the Arsenal players on international duty, as the latest round of friendly games and World Cup qualifying fixtures will be over.
So far this international break has been good to the Gunners, with Mesut Ozil getting a run out for germany to boost his fitness for the home clash with Man City on Sunday. In fact every Gunner joining up with their national teams have come through in one piece and we even got the bonus of Alexis Sanchez proving that the knock to his ankle was no problem as he played the full 90 minutes for Chile in Argentina.
However, the Chilean striker is one of the major concerns left for the Arsenal manager, who will be sweating on the outcome of their match at home to Venezuela tonight. If anything happens to rule Sanchez out of the weekend’s Premier League fixture it could spell disaster for us and our chances of another top four finish.
The same can also be said of Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny who are both likely to be in action for France in their friendly match with Spain. If Wenger sees these three Gunners heading back to London in one piece he will feel a lot more confident of getting the result we need against Man City. If not, who knows?