While England fans didn't have a lot to celebrate during the recent Euro 2016 tournament, those of an Arsenal persuasion still had some vested interest in the latter stages of the competition thanks to several of their big name players.
The likes of Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil reached the semi finals in France with Wales and Germany respectively, whilst Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny went all the way to the final with the host nation before losing to Portugal.
Extending their season right through until the second week of July obviously, however, leaves the Euro 2016 contingent having had virtually no break from football as Arsenal's preparations for the upcoming 2016/17 season get underway.
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And, in what many would deem a risky move from Arsene Wenger, that is why the above quartet - as well as Alexis Sanchez who spent June winning the Copa America with Chile - are being granted a four-week break whilst the rest of the squad return to work at London Colney.
As reported by The Guardian today, the Gunners boss is so determined to give Ramsey and co. enough time to recuperate from a busy summer that he is actually willing to be shorthanded when it comes to Arsenal's first game of the Premier League season, against Liverpool on August 14.
“You consider the rest time because France had a long, long go and I believe that they need four weeks’ holiday because they need to recover from that,” Wenger explained to Arsenal Player, via The Guardian.
“It takes you two or three weeks to regenerate...to recover completely, and they need to come back with hunger. That disappointment to lose a final, it takes some time to recover from that.
“I believe the club benefits from experiences at the top level, and the mental experiences as well that they have gone through with such a huge pressure. Of course, in the longer term you benefit from that.”
Wenger may have a point. With a long, gruelling domestic and European campaign ahead, Arsenal need to make sure they have their best players available to them for the crunch games at the tail end of the season.
Nevertheless, an opening day fixture against Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool is, to all intents and purposes, a crunch game in itself, and one that Arsenal fans will not want to lose.
Therefore, to be willing to go into such a game potentially without five starters would be a very brave (some fans may say foolish) move to make from the already under fire manager.
You only have to look back to the first game of last season, where Arsenal lost 2-0 at home to West Ham with Alexis Sanchez on the bench after his efforts at the 2015 Copa America, to see that the policy has backfired before.