Arsenal head into the international break in high spirits after a 3-0 defeat of Manchester United on Sunday.
The Red Devils came to the Emirates Stadium three points clear of Arsenal, but left with their tails between their legs. A humbling opening 20 minutes saw Arsenal race into a three goal lead, which was kept until the final whistle.
Now the players head off for an international break, so what’s Arsène Wenger’s plan until they return around 10 days from now?
“My plan is to pray now that everyone comes back from international games without any injury because we have a small group,” the boss said after Sunday’s win.
“We play at Watford straight away and on Tuesday night here against Bayern Munich. We will need the same kind of performance.”
Alexis Sánchez will already be an injury concern. The Chilean forward scored twice in Sunday’s win but suffered a slight groin injury which saw him subbed off with just under 10 minutes remaining.
Wenger has confirmed he will still join up with the Chile squad for the international break and is eager to play against Brazil, and we can only hope he comes back fully fit.
If he does, the spirit will remain high and Arsenal will look to take momentum from such a huge win.
“To win in a big game is always a statement,” Wenger added. “We are in in it, we are two points off the league leaders, Manchester City, so I hope that result today will give us belief to fight for it.”
Two points is nothing, the title is there to be fought for. We need to avoid injuries to players like Alexis and Mesut Özil. If we can do that, we have a chance.
Fingers crossed Wenger’s prayers are answered and no injuries are suffered over the international break. The Arsenal boss is already without Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky and can’t really afford to lose anyone else.