It’s the final international break of 2021, but unlike September and October, the November one is set to be a rather busy one for Arsenal.
Therefore, Gunners manager Mikel Arteta will be hopeful nothing happens to impact his side’s recent good run of form.
Several members of the Spaniard’s first-team squad will be in action over the next fortnight, with some important World Cup qualifiers taking place across the globe.
All eyes will be on the likes of Aaron Ramsdale, Kieran Tierney, Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Nicolas Pepe to see if they report back to London Colney next week unscathed ahead of the Premier League clash against Liverpool.
Overall, though, this break does come at a perfect time for the Arsenal manager as he will be able to do extra work on the training pitch with as many as 12 first-team players, while he can also call up a number of the club’s promising players.
Elsewhere, Portuguese fullback Cedric Soares will have a chance to stake his claim to replace Tomiyasu when the Gunners return to action.
Given a decision will be made later in the week as to whether he will fly out to join up with the squad for the South Africa clash on Sunday, the midfielder will be around at London Colney for the time being.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is the other central midfielder who has stayed behind and that could work in his favour, with Albert Sambi Lokonga and Mohamed Elneny both away.
The attacking trio of Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, and Gabriel Martinelli will also be able to give Arteta something to think about, with Arsenal netting just 13 goals from their opening 11 Premier League matches.
Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka will be able to continue his recovery from a knee injury that is set to keep him sidelined for the remainder of 2021.
Interestingly, the 29-year-old has started running again and after revealing he plans to take ‘no days off’, he could be in line for another light session during the international break.
In comparison to other teams in the Premier League, the Gunners will be just as heavily impacted by the November international break and the hope is that no one returns with an injury.
Although, fatigue shouldn’t be much of an issue for the Arsenal players as they are not in any European competition this season.
But very soon, the games will be coming thick and fast as we enter a busy period that culminates with the festive schedule, so the previous slow international breaks should certainly be a benefit in the long-term.