The international break is not all bad.
For one thing, it gives us a chance to hear some rather interesting interviews with our players that haven’t been sanitised to within an inch of their lives by Arsenal.
Making the most of this opportunity is Santi Cazorla, who has already used it to dismiss rumours linking him with a move away.
Now he’s been speaking to El Mundo to explain how the side hope to make up for the huge disappointment of crashing out of the Champions League after they ballsed up the first leg.
“We lost the tie in the first leg,” Santi said. “It has been difficult to digest, has been a huge frustration.
“At home we made serious mistakes, and we went into the Champions League with the feeling that, playing Monaco over two legs, we would have progressed.
“But hey, apart from that setback, the team is in a good shape and we still have the FA Cup semi-final, which allows us to compete for a trophy.”
Arsenal will be looking to become the undisputed FA Cup kings this season if they can negotiate their way past Reading, a side that have never managed to win against Arsenal (yeah, I know).
Should they go on to claim the trophy, they will have won it more times than any other side and Arsene Wenger will be the competition’s most successful manager ever.