Emery unfazed by Interlull timing

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Given Arsenal are on a nine-game winning streak, Unai Emery would be forgiven for lamenting the loss of his players to another Interlull, however, he insists it’s an opportunity for him to fully focus on the club’s next game against Leicester in two weeks time.

Although nine first team stars have been called up by their respective countries for a double round of fixtures, the Spaniard will still have a significant number of his squad to work with once they’re back from a couple of days rest.

“Every international break is important also for international team and for the players because they want to stay with their national team and defend the team,” said Emery after Sunday’s 5-1 win at Fulham.

“For us it’s also about continuing our work but with (more calmness) because we have two weeks, but my idea and focus is Leicester.

“Two weeks is more time to prepare for this match and rest some week like this week Saturday and Sunday, but for us it’s time for continuing our work everyday with [calmness].”

He added: “No [I’m not worried about the players going away], because I think our players have the habits to play a lot of matches in the week and we want it.

“We arrived very late [back from Azerbaijan] but Friday we had off to rest the players and Saturday in the morning the first competition for us is speaking about the match today and we worked 24 hours very concentrated to win against Fulham in this match.

“For us and the players in the international break they are going to play Wednesday, Thursday and travel. Lucas I think is travelling to Asia, so it’s a very long travel, but the players are at a high level and can play like that.”

By our estimations, 16 first teamers will still be kicking about at London Colney meaning training sessions should, with the help of a few Academy kids, be relatively normal.

Given there’s another Interlull in November, these regular breaks for some of our key squad members could well prove to be very useful as the season goes on and it in part explains why the coach hasn’t gone for a full rotation policy in the cup competitions so far.

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First team players on Interlull duty in October

Danny Welbeck
Croatia vs England, October 12 (UEFA Nations League)
England vs Spain, October 15 (UEFA Nations League)

Aaron Ramsey – (depending on arrival of latest Ramsey Jr)
Wales vs Spain, October 11 (Friendly)
Republic of Ireland vs Wales, October 16 (UEFA Nations League)

Sokratis
Greece vs Hungary, October 12 (UEFA Nations League)
Finland vs Greece, October 15 (UEFA Nations League)

Granit Xhaka
Belgium vs Switzerland, October 12 (UEFA Nations League)
Iceland vs Switzerland, October 15 (UEFA Nations League)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Armenia vs Gibraltar, October 13 (UEFA Nations League)
Armenia vs Macedonia, October 16 (UEFA Nations League)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Gabon vs South Sudan, October 12 (African Cup of Nations qualifier)
South Sudan vs Gabon, October 16 (African Cup of Nations qualifier)

Alex Iwobi
Nigeria vs Libya, October 12 (African Cup of Nations qualifier)
Libya vs Nigeria, October 15 (African Cup of Nations qualifier)

Mohamed Elneny
Egypt vs Swaziland, October 12 (African Cup of Nations qualifier)
Swaziland vs Egypt, October 16 (African Cup of Nations qualifier)

Lucas Torreira
South Korea vs Uruguay, October 12 (friendly)
Japan vs Uruguay, October 16 (friendly)

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Players not involved with their countries

Petr Cech
Bernd Leno
Emi Martinez
Hector Bellerin
Laurent Koscielny (injured)
Stephan Lichtsteiner
Rob Holding
Nacho Monreal
Shkodran Mustafi
Carl Jenkinson
Konstantinos Mavropanos (injured)
Sead Kolasinac
Mesut Ozil
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (injured)
Matteo Guendouzi
Alex Lacazette

Update

Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock have been named in England’s under-20 squad for games against Italy and the Czech Republic and Emile Smith Rowe has been called up by England under-19s. Reiss Nelson, who scored his second goal for Hoffenheim at the weekend, earns his first chance at under-21 level.

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Shank

Emeryball …………goal three yesterday.
The love is back.

SB Still
SB Still

I totally agree.

Only point is, that epitomizes what Wenger was about and his philosophy, playing exhilarating, at times at the cost of the results.

So in honour of that man, more than naming a stand or installing a statue, it maybe appropriate to still call it the Wengerball?

SB Still
SB Still

(Almost) In the same note, the biggest change that Emery seems to have managed is winning even when not playing well. I’m not sure if we would won all those 9 games last year. Long may it continue.

Bob
Bob

The playing out the back is a definite Emery feature though. It was like a perfect moment where Wenger’s philosophy and Emery’s met in the middle and produced something truly outstanding.

N10
N10

Bingo

Bendtnerschristmastree
Bendtnerschristmastree

Only a matter of time before Lacazette is called up for france again.

clins
clins

i think the way lacazette plays holding up the ball for someone and bringing others in just like giroud there is way more to his game than just that. he defends from the front and is lethal in front of the goal. therr is a good chance lacazzette will replace giroud. and if it happens it would be ironic .

Jimbo1
Jimbo1

Surprised Lacazette has not been called up. His form recently is amazing

Kolkata_Gooner
Kolkata_Gooner

Yes, Laca really deserves to be playing for his national side. But I guess it’s Giroud is more suited to that team, as Griezman and Mbape play off him, whereas Laca is more like those two. But a front three of Laca, Griezman and Mbape sounds fucking formidable and surely Deschamps will be tempted to chuck his current working formation to try this one out.

Canon Fodder
Canon Fodder

As much as I like Giroud, he hasn’t exactly hit it off with Chelsea this season yet he is in the France squad over Lacazette. I find this a bit strange as Lacazette can hold up the ball as well as Giroud but is also more of a prolific goal scorer than him at the moment.

Kolkata_Gooner
Kolkata_Gooner

Giroud is one of the leaders in assists currently in the PL though, with 4. His services are very much important to Chelsea, if only to free up someone like Hazard even more, and his role is similar in the French team. When you have guys like Hazard and Mbappe in your team, you just need the other players to play to their strengths, and Giroud does it to a tee.

Pedant
Pedant

Lots of good players getting a rest. Will be better for us than the other top teams.

Rich
Rich

Dont be ridiculous…. Ozil won’t be at London Colony, he’s on another holiday from his holiday, after getting a paper cut on his left pinky returning from Azerbaijan last Friday morning.
Hopefully we’ve seen the last of him in an Arsenal shirt, put him on the market for £5mill in January and move on,

Northern Gooner
Northern Gooner

So what’s your honest opinion of Oezil then?

Rich
Rich

I think he’s a remarkable talent, but his overall output doesn’t warrant him being given a free role.
If you then ask him to do things that nullify his good attributes? That then highlight his weak attributes? It means the team suffers as a collective whether you play him as a free roaming no10? Or ask him to do a job on the right?
Did we really pay him £300k p/w “So he could do a job on the right?”
He hasn’t put in a decent performance since the ink dried on his new deal last January, he’s won his last big contract and doesn’t look hungry.
We should admit our mistake and ruthlessly dispose of him, whether we call in the Sopranos? Or ship him off to Turkey? I’m really not too fussed

jon

I think Özil is brilliant. His body language is of course deeply original. Even when he plays well, he looks like he internalizes the laments of humanity.

shaka
shaka

it might be a good time to sell him…i hear Madrid are interested.

Irrational Gunner

The city of Madrid? Seems like he could be good at accounting, but who really knows.

kaius
kaius

Btw Rich, Mesut Özil is a German national.

It’s ironic that casual racists like you also cannot analyse football. Weak attributes affecting your overall output eh?

Rich
Rich

WTF are you on about? How is my opinion that we’re better off getting shot of a player who IMO doesn’t warrant a starting spot? and I think we’re better off selling? Somehow make me a racist?
Ozil is white, I’m white, this would make me racist against my own race?
Surely if I’m hating on Ozil for being German? I’d be xenophobic? Not racist….
Where the hell have you managed to drag up racist mixed up with xenophobia from anything I’ve said?

kaius
kaius

Maybe I should have clarified what I meant.

Your analysis of Ozil’s performances was junk, but how are you still focusing on how he looks in 2018? Ozil won the World Cup with that same hangdog expression on his face. Get over it.

“Ozil’s white, I’m white”…. as if white people can’t be xenophobic against people of Turkish ethnicity (racism and xenophobia overlap, it’s not one or the other).

And no we’re not ‘shipping him off’ to Turkey or anywhere else. Leave that rhetoric to the German racists who’ve been on his case since the World Cup (if you meant something different I humbly apologise).

Looking forward to Mesut forcing people like you to eat your worthless tabloid opinions about him. Let’s respect and support our players.

Raymond
Raymond

Ww still need him no matter what

afan
afan

what you talking about, we need him no matter what, what an utter silly comment to make

afan
afan

best idea I,ve heard in a long time

Anand Modha
Anand Modha

He has a lot of the defence to work with which is excellent.

axmac
axmac

Of that bunch on international duty, my only worry is Torreira.
a. There is no replacement for him in our team.
b. The way he works, he could be used for 180 minutes by Uruguay.

Other than that, COYG. Show them what we got!

Dan Nichols
Dan Nichols

More than the third goal, which yes we could have scored at any time in Wenger’s era, the good sign for me is that Emery is busting all the late Wenger myths. It seemed like typical Arsenal before the season started, that we were getting very hopeful that teams like man city and spurs would have no players ready to start the season because they were all tired from the world cup. Come day one, most of their players were fit and raring to go. Then theres a slight feeling of “oh thats unfair we’ve been slightly tricked!” We used to let that “luck” mentality seep through, and then it came to pass, moan about playing thursday and sunday and you are making that excuse for the players to lose so they do jut that.
While i pay lip service to the idea that i don’t want to see opposition players get injured, i really wanted helpful injury news towards the end of wenger’s era and can’t count the number of times a player of ours was a “slight doubt” on weds and out for a month whilst our opposition’s star player who had supposedly suffered some serious injury was fighting fit. As a club starting from the top we allowed Fear of the fixture list, fear of flu, fear of squad depth, fear of that bloke who always seems to score against us, fear of the freak injury, fear of the sending off, fear of the interlull , we lived in a permanent fractious state of fear over stuff that no one can control . All these fears become excuses. By the end we even made an excuse of the manager himself. And of course, when you are facing a club like City you are beaten before you start and when you are playing Swansea or fulham you are one bit of bad luck from implosion.
The first thing Emery seems to have done is dispensed with all that, the “divine right to play” , the over tiredness excuse, the international break injury excuse, the international break momentum excuse, the bogey team, the bogey player, the cheating anti arsenal ref. Part of all that is supporting a football team but none of it should be any part of the players or managers make up unless it is motivational. And I cant see how complaining about international breaks is motivational. Or not giving game time to talented professionals at the prime of their career because they might get an injury or be tired the following weekend.
I’m loving the way Emery has started to debunk these things.

Steve Vallins
Steve Vallins

Re World Cup players we won’t know what condition they will be in come the new year .
Harry Kane looked shattered at the World Cup

Irrational Gunner

Wenger was quite the worrier, wasn’t he? Could that have rubbed off on his team by showing lack of confidence?

Agreed. Emery just comes across as more results oriented. (Nine in a row is starting to look convincing.) We are not seeing excellence yet, but have the real feeling that is what is being instilled day by day.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

One of the best comments I read in a long time.
Cheers!

shaka
shaka

lets judge when the pressure is on, and expectations are high, and its a crunch game.

The team played in a pressure cooker for the past few seasons. It wasnt good for anyone. Its unfair to compare the last two years to the current mild honeymoon.

kaius
kaius

Really great observations Dan.

Emery’s relentless focus and positivity has been just what we needed. Interlull? No problem. Ozil’s numbers down from last season? The squad steps up. No Giroud? Repurpose Welbeck as a battering ram CF with aerial threat away from home.

We could go top after the next matchday if results go our way. Love it.

N10
N10

Well-said Dan. It’s a no-excuses philosophy, but a supportive attitude with it. Emery is born to coach.

LeCassetteTape
LeCassetteTape

We wiat for ages for a top class striker and now two come at same time. Was thinking during game yesterday when Laca was banging them in, if only Aub could pick off from where he was last season. He then comes on and bang bang. Oh OK he’s in form too. The squad seems to have some quality depth to it now but as someone also said, Torreira is a concern if something happens. Knew he’d be top quality.

DB412
DB412

Thanks for doing a list of who is/isn’t on international duty – useful to see.

Santori
Santori

Emery’s difference with Wenger is he pays attention to details and is not afraid to tweak the players from the sideline.

BUT he is also using his assets very well.

His intervention from the bench is top notch. Ramsey in with Auba and instantly we have an effect.

To be fair to Wenger, he has always bought well but he left too much open to interpretation.

Emery has limits to this squad which is still unbalanced with our right still needing a faster asset but he is really using the length and breath of his squad very well.

As I mentioned it will not be a ZERO SUM game this season.

We will need all 3 of Welbeck, Auba and Laca to rotate through the two positions up top (Assuming we will use 4-4-2 more often but even in 4-2-3-1)

We will also need Guendouzi as much as Granit and Torreira in the midfield two.

We will ALSO need all 3 of Mustafi, Sokratis and Holding in the defensive pairing. EVEN if they will see less switch within a game, we will need to rotate them from game to game to prevent injury and fatigue.

This is what too many people do not understand. We need to use the squad well both to best of their individual and collective abilities but also with regard sustainability… and that is what Emery is doing.

jon

Aubameyang is actually going to play South Sudan in their capital Juba. Here is what the British gouvernement’s travel advice:

“The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to South Sudan. If you are in South Sudan, you should leave if it’s safe to do so.”

Likewise, Iwobi’s Nigeria shal play Libya in Tripoli. For this popular destination, the FCO says:

“The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Libya, and for British nationals still in Libya to leave immediately by commercial means.”

Beer prices too high, cockroaches in the shower, gun fire. (Interesting by the way, that they think everybody should get out of South Sudan, while only the British should leave Libya. Probably, the underlying message for Libya is to African immigrants: Don’t leave for Europe in an inflatable dinghy).

George
George

Again, loving Emery’s attitude towards these kinds of things.

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi

(depending on arrival of latest Ramsey Jr)

Rather Ramsey JuniorS, as he expect twins 🙂