By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger admits that the international break will not help his team get their rhythm back ahead of the north London derby against Tottenham.

Arsenal were held to a 3-3 draw by Fulham at Emirates Stadium on Saturday a week after losing 2-1 against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Wenger now loses a number of players for international friendlies and he would rather they were training at London Colney.

"It's bad for us," said the Arsenal manager. "I would prefer that the team stays here and prepares [for] our next game.

"There's a risk, as well, with the players who have played the last three games, they play another one, and another one, and after that they play against Montpellier, and at the moment we cannot rotate too much, so it's not ideal.

"But we have to deal with that, and at least we could have won the game on Saturday. But at some stage, when it was 3-2, we were close to losing it.

"I think we had three difficult games this week, especially the first two. We had to recover from Man United where we didn't exist a lot, and then I think we gave it all at Schalke.

"I think on Saturday we had overall a good game for a team that has played Champions League on Tuesday night, but we were maybe caught a little bit in a lack of complete urgency when we were 2-0 up.

"We have no time to train on it, because the players go away and when you play every three days you cannot practise too much. But it's for all the teams. I've played Champions League for 15 years now and we have to do that every year for periods.

"As long as you play the League Cup as well, you never have a complete week to prepare the next game. But it's part of being at Arsenal."    

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12 Nov 2012