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International break will prove pivotal to Champions League spots

Just as Arsenal looked as though they’d got into their spring groove the international break has come along, a distraction from the Premier League that could affect who finishes in the top four this season.

Boss Arsene Wenger won’t be happy his first-team are jetting out of London this week and, knowing our luck, at least one will arrive back in 10 days time with a cast around an ankle or a hand in a sling.

Since the Spurs defeat two weeks ago the boys have tightened their belts, knuckled down and played the resolute style of football needed to grind out wins when most required. Victory in Munich was a major achievement for the team, despite ultimately crashing out of Europe, while a late 2-0 win over Swansea last weekend proved that if we stick by our guns the goals will come.

With the players leaving to play World Cup qualifiers there is serious concern among Gunners fans on Betfair that Arsenal may just implode once the squad meet up again this spring.

Sadly, any kind of momentum from our two wins and two clean sheets may evaporate, while Tottenham certainly need a break after three defeats on the trot. Spurs are in a rut and need time to restructure their squad ahead of a busy spring schedule and even Chelsea are not out of this yet after unconvincing recent performances.

Third and fourth place are certainly not secured yet and with eight domestic games to go the hunt for a Champions League place will go down to the wire this spring.

It will be interesting to see which team reacts best after the international break and who will struggle to regain squad solidity following two World Cup qualifiers – but remember, with Wenger at the helm we have a man experienced in getting the best out of his squad during the run-in.

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