By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger admits he is "fatalistic" about the prospect of his squad suffering further injuries in the next international break.

The Frenchman saw Theo Walcott and Thomas Vermaelen return with knocks after the last round of Euro 2012 qualifiers in September and will be hoping for better luck when his players jet off on international duty after the Chelsea game.

Wenger is already digging deep into his resources with eight first-teamers ruled out of Sunday's trip to Stamford Bridge. And the Arsenal manager fears he will be counting the cost again next week.

"I am a little bit fatalistic about that [injuries on international breaks] because I cannot change that," he said.

"We have a big squad and try to deal with it but unfortunately we lost Vermaelen, Walcott, Nicklas Bendtner and I am convinced we lost Cesc Fabregas as well on that.

"It is difficult to play on July 11 in the World Cup Final [with Spain] and on August 11 go to Mexico and play without any preparation.

"We lost out on that but we are not the only ones and if you look at many teams in Europe, they have struggled because of the World Cup."

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1 Oct 2010