The international break is considered to be a massive, massive pain by a lot of people, and we haven’t really decided what camp we fall into yet. The qualifiers are important but it does kind of bring the momentum of domestic football to a big stop, which then needs to be started up again pretty quickly. With that being said, we do think there are some positives to international football taking over for a little bit – with the primary one being that domestic football fans can actually enjoy a break for once.
Fans of English football often spend their weekends discussing the football, thinking about the football and generally supporting their team through thick and thin (the hardcores that is). Some of them will even have season tickets, which pretty much guarantees they’ll be busy for most weekends throughout the year. That’s all well and good, but sometimes, there’s nothing wrong with switching things up a bit.
We’re here to throw out some possible alternatives to just sitting around waiting for the Gunners to return, and while some of them may seem pretty simple, that’s kind of the point.
Watch the international games
As much as some folks don’t want to admit it, we all got caught up in the drama and excitement of the World Cup last year. England fans, in particular, were treated to a series of fantastic moments as they made it all the way through to the semi finals of the tournament. Nothing will be quite as exciting as that for another year or so yet, but even so, fans should invest their time in seeing what happens with the qualifiers. Why? Because we want to see if Gareth Southgate can keep the ball rolling.
Watch some non-league football
Non-league football, simply put, deserves to have much more of an audience than it currently does. It provides the backbone for the game that we know and love, and the atmosphere at games is often really enjoyable.
Go out with your pals/family
It’s a pretty simple one: go see your friends and family. You probably don’t get much of a chance to do so with work commitments and Arsenal commitments throughout the season, so you may as well take the opportunity now. Trust us, you’ll have a good time.
What are your plans for the international break, and do they still revolve around the big weird wonderful world of the beautiful game?