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Embracing the internationals

Posted on November 13, 2019 by Harry Kettle

There’s no point in saying otherwise: the international break is a painful thing to endure for the majority of football fans, but as is the case during every single edition of it, we think it’s best to look on the positive side of things as opposed to the negative. Sure, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of berating international teams and their need to play all year round, but that doesn’t always need to be the case. Sometimes, we can take an objective view of things, which we understand can be a bit of a foreign concept to football fans sometimes.

So before the general football fanbase descends into anarchy, let’s take a look at the positive side of the coin as we examine the ins and outs of the international break.

Reclaiming momentum

Let’s be honest with ourselves here – things haven’t exactly gone to plan in recent weeks, or arguably even months. The club are struggling to form a cohesive unit under Unai Emery, with each game serving as a warning that they can’t keep relying on their finest stars to pop up and save them at a moment’s notice. Perhaps some time away from the spotlight will allow the club to regroup and prepare for some tough tests that lie ahead.

Other activities

Heading down to watch the Arsenal is a great activity for thousands upon thousands of folks around the country and even the world – so perhaps, instead of being glued to your TV on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, you can take this opportunity to head out on the town or spend some quality time with your family. Yes, we understand that sounds bizarre (kidding), but give it some thought.

Time to shine

As much as fans don’t want to hear this, the international games allow for players to thrive on a stage other than their domestic play. That can be a powerful incentive because there’s still some level of prestige associated with representing your country, and last year’s edition of the World Cup helped to prove that. So whether it be a youth star or an old veteran, sit back and let them do their thing, because it could end up leading to some changes in Arsenal’s first team. Just pray for no injuries.

If you’re interested in next summer’s European Championships at all, though, it could certainly be worth tuning it to some of the games in order to see what’s happening.

What positives can you uncover from the international break?

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