Five Things Arsenal Fans Should Watch for on International Break

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Nov 19, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Chile forward Alexis Sanchez (7) battles for a ball with Brazil midfielder Hernanes (8) during the second half in a friendly soccer game at Rogers Centre. Brazil won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

International break is never the best of times for Arsenal fans. With an excessive proneness to injury, it seems that we always manage to lose a player or two when international break roles around. Most recently Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere have sustained injuries while on break, but they already have some of those, so check them off the list of players to panic about.

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But international break isn’t all bad. It gives us a good chance to see Arsenal players playing in different environments, with different team mates, in different positions. So while nothing can replace the allure of seeing them all come together for the Gunners, we can still watch them individually in their respective nations.

This international break comes at a time when Arsenal desperately needed a break. The Newcastle match proved that Arsenal were incredibly exhausted and in need of rest. Given the quality of the players, they may not find that rest, but let’s hope that they can return rested as Arsene Wenger wanted (via IBT).

Regardless, here’s what to watch for during this international break.

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