By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger fears the next international break could be bad for Arsenal.
A host of friendly matches have been scheduled for Wednesday, November 17 – three days after Wenger’s squad travel to Everton and three days before they host Tottenham at Emirates Stadium.
The stand-out fixture of that week is England’s clash with France at Wembley and Arsenal could have as many as eight representatives on show with Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere, Gael Clichy, Abou Diaby, Bacary Sagna, Samir Nasri and Sebastien Squillaci all hoping for call-ups.
Wenger has lost plenty of players to injury during recent international breaks and he is concerned about the added strain on his squad.
“You look at the schedule we have had, and the one we have coming up, the friendly in November is not ideally situated, because we play in midweek again,” he said.
“If you consider we play in the Carling Cup, the Champions League, the championship, and you look at the friendly, you could say it is not ideally situated for us.
“We play straight away Tottenham on Saturday morning, then Tuesday night in Braga.
“You cannot play the friendly on the Tuesday because in many championships, they play on Sunday, so they cannot push the friendly forwards.
“It may be the worst moment, but not only for Arsenal, for many clubs.
“Let’s say though we are not all in front of the same problems, for example, there is England v France, which is the worst game for Arsenal, now we have many players from England and from France, so we might have a big call-up there.
“It is a prestigious game also, so many players will go and there is really something at stake.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 5 Nov 2010