Arsene Wenger will be keeping his fingers crossed as his players come back from international duty today.
The Arsenal squad has been relatively injury free this season, but the manager will be worried about reports that a number of his players have picked up knocks away with their country.
Aaron Ramsey returned to Arsenal without playing for Wales against Austria having suffered a calf strain in training, and with Laurent Koscielny reportedly suffering the problem during France’s game with Germany, it could see the Gunners lose both players for around three weeks.
Thomas Vermaelen didn’t play for Belgium this week because of his ankle knock and should he not make it for Saturday, the only other senior centre-half at the club besides Per Mertesacker is Sebastian Squillaci.
There are also suggestions that Tomas Rosicky might have been injured playing for the Czech Republic, but those are unconfirmed as yet.
Update: According to @swinestar96 – Rosicky wasn’t injured, he just needed a poo.
If those players are missing it certainly damages the depth of the squad, and Arsenal fans will be thanking FIFA for organising a load of meaningless games in a crucial part of the season.