Arsene Wenger is determined not to let the international break ruin Arsenal's recent momentum.
With nine wins from their last eleven games, a resurgent Gunners look to have successfully got their campaign back on track, but with sixteen first-team members away with their respective countries this weekend, there is a chance their progress may be hampered through a risk of injury.
"It [the international break] is certainly not a joy for me," said Wenger. "But hopefully it is not a pain because I hope the players will come back in good spirits.
"But it could be a pain if we lose some players through injury."
With most players facing the prospect of two international fixtures before returning to north London, Wenger is keeping his fingers crossed his Arsenal squad come back with a clean bill of health, in order to hit the ground running when they travel to Norwich on 19 November.
"I don't believe [it will upset our rhythm]," he continued. "It's always a challenge to get the focus back quickly when players come from international games but let's hope we can sort that out."
While on the subject of players representing their countries, the Gunners boss is worried that general interest in international football is dwindling, and says that the qualification process for competitions such as the European Championships should be revamped.
"I would say that yes we need a major overhaul," Wenger told the Official Arsenal Magazine. "Of course I have not studied the problems deeply, so I do not say I have the key for the solution.
"But there is definitely something there that is not right, and I'm sure that the format as it is now has no future. I think there will be more and more disinterest from people."
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