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The international break is upon us

Posted on October 07, 2020 by Harry Kettle

It’s time for yet another international break and while a lot of fans are going to moan and groan about that, there are pros as well as cons that come with taking some time off. Today, we’re going to take a look at both sides of the argument and find out which side of the fence the majority of Gunners supporters fall on.

From Europe to North America and beyond, every corner of the globe will continue their push towards the next big tournament, whether it be the European Championships, Copa America, AFCON or, in some instances, the World Cup itself.

Positive

Well, firstly, it’s just nice to think about things other than domestic football on a day to day basis. As we’ve noted in the past there’s a certain luxury that allows us to put a pin in the Arsenal fandom every now and then and focus on our other interests. Sure, you may literally just transition over into the international game for two weeks, but that’s okay too.

Plus, it gives Mikel Arteta some time to reflect on the progress he’s been able to make as Arsenal manager. The Gunners aren’t at a perfect point in their development but they’re definitely getting a whole lot of things right under Arteta, and that’s more than can be said for how things worked under the previous regime. There’s a sense of hope and optimism for the future and it’s hard not to get excited about that prospect.

Negative

It kind of kills the momentum that Arsenal had slowly yet surely been building up for themselves lately. They’ve been on a nice run of form and while the performances haven’t been ideal, we’ve certainly seen progress in certain areas of the pitch.

Plus, there’s always the lingering risk that players will be injured whilst away on international duty, which is always a hard situation to stomach. You could say the same for when they’re actually with Arsenal, but in a lot of ways it hurts that much more – and it’s that much more frustrating.

Still, in such uncertain times with the ongoing pandemic, all we can really do is be thankful. Football can be an all-consuming sport at times and that goes for fans as well as those within the beautiful game, so let’s take a step back to remember what’s really important, shall we?

Will you be enjoying the international break?

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