It’s that time again, the dreaded international break. It almost feels like time stops for two weeks as you wait to watch club football again. Don’t worry, though, this is the last time your players will be risked by their countries until March.
In the meantime, here are five matches you should watch if you want to cast an eye on Arsene Wenger’s players.
Germany U21 V Azerbaijan U21- UEFA U21 Championship Qualifier, Friday 13th November 2015, 17:00, British Eurosport
Probably not the most enticing tie of the lot, but if you haven’t seen Serge Gnabry play in a while, you could watch this match. Having only played 12 minutes of Premier League football this season for West Brom, the German youth international will be desperate to get on the pitch.
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Spain V England- Friendly, Friday 13th November 2015, 20:00, ITV
Now this tie can whet your appetite a bit more. Santi Cazorla and Kieran Gibbs are the players to watch out for. Cazorla had a disappointing first half against Tottenham on Sunday and was taken off reportedly due to an illness.
The Spaniard will be hoping he can earn a place in Vincent Del Bosque’s side after becoming a pivotal part in the Gunners midfield this campaign.
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Gibbs scored the equaliser in the north London derby and will be hoping that he would have tempted Roy Hodgson to give him an opportunity. With Nacho Monreal performing consistently, Gibbs has been limited to just five substitute appearances under Wenger this season.
Although this is a friendly, high-quality talent such as David de Gea, Cesc Fabregas and Raheem Sterling will be on show.
England U21 v Switzerland U21- UEFA U21 Championship Qualifier, Monday 16th November 2015, 17:45, BT Sport 2
Gareth Southgate's men endured a torrid summer tournament, where as usual, expectations were high and weren’t delivered. Calum Chambers is likely to be on display as he bids to help England’s youth side qualify for the 2017 tournament in Poland.
Chuba Akpom, who is currently on loan at Hull City could also make an entrance. The Arsenal youngster has scored twice this season in the Championship and will be hoping to add to his season’s tally against Switzerland.
Germany V Netherlands- Friendly, Tuesday 17th November 2015, 19:45, Sky Sports 4
Arsenal fans can watch this match without holding their breath. Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker were not picked so are safe from injury. Joachim Low decided not to select them due to the pair not having a winter break.
The Gunners can, however, cast their eye on former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski. The forward currently plays for Galatasaray and scored and grabbed an assist in a 4-3 defeat on Saturday.
England V France- Friendly, Tuesday 17th November 2015, 20:00, ITV
Hodgson’s men are back in action once again in an alluring tie against France. Kieran Gibbs will be hoping again he can make an impact.
If the English defender does start, he could be tussling with Arsenal colleague Olivier Giroud. Gunners supporters will be watching on nervously if the forward does start as he is currently the only fit recognised striker.
Laurent Koscielny is another player involved as he attempts to keep out the English attack. The French defender was a doubt for the north London derby, but played despite not fully fit. A decision Wenger may have regretted after his mistake led to Harry Kane’s goal.
Who said the international break wasn’t interesting? There are a couple of very captivating matches there and could just get you through the next two weeks.
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