The international break is fast becoming one of footballs biggest pain in the backsides. First of all, what’s the deal with having a set of games on a Friday night? What the hell are you meant to do the following Saturday and Sunday?
Secondly, when was the last time you watched an enjoyable England game? The 0-0 draw with Ukraine in World Cup Qualifying will go down as 90 minutes of your life you’ll never get back and a few punters ended up snoozing at the far corner of the bar on Tuesday night!
And finally, there is always at least one club that the international break torments more than any other on the injury front.
This time, it’s Arsenal’s turn. The international break has proved so costly this time around that manager Arsene Wenger has had to adopt a new role inspired by BBC One’s medical drama Casualty.
Whilst plenty will be excited about the prospect of record signing Mesut Ozil making his Arsenal debut away at Sunderland this weekend, the question remains as to who will play with the German in the midfield?
Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky, Aaron Ramsey, and Jack Wilshere (surprise, surprise) all returned from the international break with injuries, and are all a doubt for the weekends trip to the Stadium of Light.
Wenger – a man of many talents – will have to prove his worth in the treatment room after growing tired with the work of club physio Colin Lewin if the Gunners are to avoid going into their latest Premier League fixture cursing the wretched international break.