Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Internationals come at the worst time for Arsenal

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger fears that the international break this week may result in injuries for his high-flying Gunners.

The break comes at the worst of times for Arsenal who are just beginning to reclaim their form after beating Reading 3-1 at the Madejski, after drawing three times in a row.

Now, however, Arsenal will have to wait until November 24th to play their next game, a home game against Wigan. With Cesc Fabregas suspended, but Robin van Persie looking to return, Arsene Wenger will be hoping not to pick up any injuries during the week's internationals.

"We wanted to get back in charge of this league. We have a game in hand, and so at the moment it is going well," said Wenger.

"Now everybody goes on a break and then we play Wigan at home.

"The international program of the players is quite heavy for some of them.

"We lost Fabregas with suspension now for Wigan, so let's hope everybody comes back without injury because we lost van Persie during the last break and he still has not played yet."

The Arsenal boss refused to comment on his team's title chances, but did speak about the squad's strong bond.

"Let's see how far we can go," said the manager.

"At the moment, this team is a pleasure to work with on a daily basis.

"They have a fantastic attitude every day in training. They are hungry, they want to improve always.

"There is a great bonding in the team and when you have these ingredients plus the talents we have, you can be very hopeful for the future."