Arsene Wenger says he would have loved the opportunity for Arsenal to play in the midweek following the defeat to Tottenham in order to prove they are a team on the up.
The Gunners were defeated 2-1 in the north London derby almost two weeks ago, despite showing some signs of improvement from previous outings.
Wenger felt a touch hard done by following the game at White Hart Lane, and was encouraged by what he had seen from his players in the narrow defeat.
And the Arsenal boss believes his squad would have responded well if they had played for their club a few days later, although Wenger concedes the international break would have done some of them good.
"It is frustrating because I feel the basis inside the team is very good, that the quality of our play is improving game-to-game, that the attitude of the players is very good," he told Arsenal Player.
“But now it is time to transform all of that into positive results, knowing that to win or lose is not down to coincidence.
"It is down to concrete facts and these at the moment are details and not really basic qualities.
"We were not beaten on the day by a bad performance but because the details you need in big games were not on our side and that was very frustrating.
"The disappointment was big and ideally I would have loved to have played again soon afterwards.
"But maybe to get that game out of the players' heads it was better for them to have the international games."