By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes the international break could help Arsenal as well as hinder them.

The Frenchman has two major concerns whenever his players represent their countries - the threat of injuries and the fatigue factor when club matters resume. But the events of Wednesday night allowed Wenger to put a different spin on a normally troublesome issue when he faced the media at his pre-match press conference.

Theo Walcott's stunning hat-trick for England, Gael Clichy's senior debut for France and a string of wins for Arsenal's internationals all mean there are plenty of good vibes around Wenger's squad ahead of Saturday's tricky-looking trip to Blackburn. The Frenchman hopes the feel-good factor will assist Arsenal at Ewood Park.

"Many players had positive experiences on international duty," said Wenger.

"We have spoken about Theo Walcott, and France won also, where we had three players [Clichy, William Gallas and Bacary Sagna]. Spain won also.

"Overall the confidence our players got from international games will help, and also that we responded well to defeat at Fulham, with four goals against Twente and three against Newcastle.

"We have a very good basis to think we can do well [at Blackburn]."

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11 Sep 2008