By Chris Toronyi

I have a love hate relationship with international breaks. It's great to see our boys in action across the globe, but then there's the frightening reality that they could pick-up a nick or two that could throw their season -- and our season -- in a small rut. Oh, to be an Arsenal fan.

The real issue is it's time to over analyze the start to our season. Feel free to charge me: Guilty. That's what we do on the podcast each week, it's what journalists are paid to do and bloggers do it to drive traffic. We have two weeks to cut, slice what has transpired so far on the pitch. And to do it over and over and over. That's what we do.

Listen, I get it. It's a part of being a fan and someone who reports on the game. I just wish the break was shorter so the team doesn't lose the momentum and chemistry it has started. Plus it allows us to report and discuss the present instead of looking at back at previous games and reliving every second.

I love/hate you, International Break.

The next Arsenal game needs to hurry up and get here. Injury free of course.

Thanks for reading and thanks for listening to The Arsenal America Podcast by World Football Daily. This week's show features Jim from @EastLower, Michael of @YouAreMyArsenal and Paul Chronnell, Arsenal correspondent for the Islington Gazette.


Stateside Gooner - Chris Toronyi

'Stateside Gooner' Chris Toronyi is a longtime Arsenal supporter and the host of The Arsenal America podcast, available every Thursday evening at You can read more of Chris' thoughts on Twitter

The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect those of Arsenal Football Club or Arsenal Broadband Ltd.


Previous entries:

September 4: The negotiation dance
August 28: Give it time
August 21: Game on!
August 10: Arsenal Ambition
July 26: The right silverware
July 6: Anti-anti-football
June 28: New additions
June 20: Failing chemistry
June 13: Summer school
May 8: Not the time to get ill
May 2: End of season variables
April 24: Making a point
April 18: Different kinds of tired
April 12: Emotionally spent
March 29: No doubt
March 23: An amazing run
March 13: Mad Men, mad season
March 6: Rush of emotion
February 29: Pride and joy
February 14: An evolving Arsenal
February 22: Anger is beautiful
February 14: An evolving Arsenal
February 8: A welcome display
February 1: The value of value
January 31: FA Cup magic
January 24: We have to be supportive
January 19: This is a massive game

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9 Sep 2012