It’s getting more difficult to find words to describe how horrendously tedious these regular international breaks actually are.
There will be 9 games for Arsenal in December – just imagine how much easier December could be if we dropped two of the international breaks, enabling fixtures to be more evenly spread. Injuries will inevitably mount as fatigue sets in. Clubs with the biggest squads and those teams which contain less international players will benefit.
Pros for the November break
Aside from Mesut still giving Die Mannschaft the finger, Terrier won’t have to travel halfway around the world this time around as he’s playing at the home of North London’s finest Club on Friday and then in Paris.
Cons (not A.M-N)
Two manc players have withdrawn from the French squad, so Laca has been called up.
Micki is playing away with Armenia, which means less travelling as the games are in Gibraltar and Liechtenstein
There are another 256 cons but I can’t be bothered to list them.
Mikhi – Armenia
Friday 16th Nov Gibraltar (A) Uefa Nations League (UNL)
Monday 19th Nov Liechtenstein (A) UNL
Auba – Gabon
Saturday 17th Nov Mali (H) AFCON
Terrier – Uruguay
Friday 16th Nov Brazil (Emirates Stadium) Friendly
Tuesday 20th Nov France (A) Friendly
Granit – Switzerland
Wednesday 14th Nov – Qatar (H) Friendly attempting to pretend Qatar are part of football
Sunday 18th Nov Belgium (H) UNL
Wobbly – Nigeria
Saturday 17th Nov South Africa (A) AFCON
Tuesday 20 Nov Uganda (H) Friendly
Big Sok – Greece
Thursday 15th Nov – Finland (H) UNL
Sunday 18th Nov – Estonia (H) UNL
Rambo – Wales
Friday 16th Nov – Denmark (H) UNL
Tuesday 20th Nov – Albania (A) Friendly
Friday 16th Nov – Tunisia (H) AFCON
Tuesday 20th Nov – United Arab Emirates (A) Friendly
Thursday 15th Nov – Russia (H) Friendly
Monday 19th Nov – Netherlands (H) UNL
Bournemouth away will be our first fixture when we get back to proper football on November 25th, hopefully with no more casualties.
Apologies for any inaccuracies/omissions.
Thank you chas.
This Interlull thing is getting too much and I have a proposal … Have a competition which is seeded, and only have the top teams playing every 4 years.
Call it something epic, perhaps The World Cup.
It looks like it’s just me and you left.
I’ve written something for tomorrow which I’ll publish, but then I might have a small hiatus from the blog (along with everybody else 🙂 ).
Attempting to fill this third interlull in as many months is just a bridge too far perhaps.
That performance against Wolves was almost the worst possible way to lead into the interlull (only losing would have been worse). Why did the players not realise they’d be getting a fortnight off from their proper jobs and therefore have pulled out all the stops?
At least before the last international break we had the 5 goals against Fulham to salivate over.
Morning all, thanks for the post chas … I couldn’t be less interested in these upcoming games, but respect to you for finding the enthusiasm to write something 🙂
Did any of you watch the programme I recommended called Brothers in Football about the Corinthians (later to merge to form the Corinthian Casuals). It really is a must see for everyone who loves football. It’s about the history of the best football team ever, the men it lost in WW1 and the link it has with Brazilian football to this day. The modern CCs are all still amateurs playing in a league where every other team’s players get paid.
It was on BBC Sport 1 but hopefully it will be available through other media.
Chas. I enjoy reading your posts every time. I don’t reply much because I agree with most comments and I’d look like a grovelling twat. Keep them coming! Most enjoyable, thanks. Btw I went to see Valencia [my local team] a couple of weeks ago and Coquelin was running the show, it shows the difference between the leagues and how slow the Spanish league is.
Who attending the Uruguay game
I would have thought a grand total of nobody, Fred.
We’ve just had three games in 8 days at the Emirates. Most Arse fans will be pleased to give it a rest this Friday, I would have thought.
It’s more of a game for tourists and those who don’t get to the stadium much.
Thanks for your efforts in keeping us all involved Chas, The burden of responsibility is huge and completely lopsided.
My personal time is becoming very limited but I will try to send in a post or two – will you be available to edit and post?
Thought everyone would have loved to see the wonderkid Neymar
They really was trying to sell tickets to that game , everyday they would send an email about it
These international friendlies are simply a hangover from the past – how could playing against the U.S.A. possibly be informative to the England management?
I fully agree about the injury/fatigue risks to the players – can the clubs do anything to become involved in the scheduling or is it just a money grab by the FA?
Chas: Re: Posts.
The readership of the site has improved (even if the number of comments has dropped) since we offered daily posts so I will try to come up with something even if it is just a couple of sentences.
Can you tell me how to put up a poll?
Why is readership used as a measure – surely on site participation is more important. I never create a post with non commenting readers in mind, I attempt to appeal (many times unsuccessfully) to the remaining posters.
I can’t communicate with non posters, if they like the site then why not help to build it by participating?
I can add a poll to any post you come up with.
I can’t remember the steps in creating and linking a Polldaddy account to your WP.
When you do, you get an “Add Poll” butting in the post editor as below. It’s straightforward from then on.
I’m always about to add any post you write if I’m given enough notice.
GN5. We differ. It is difficult in these times of Twatter and Instathing etc to get people, especially those to whom English is not a first language, to comment.
In the past, we have had 5 figure readership and under 10 commenters.
I enjoy the writing process though I must admit to occasionally being bored by doing the PM’s – I have written so many that there is little left to say which is not repetition.
Thanks Chas, I will try that addition
Might be useful
I don’t get your screenshot page and I have lost the ability to write posts in Safari
The League of Nations is just stupid and useless because the World Cup and Euro are still existing. It is just adding one more event for the sake of cash and at the expense of players and clubs and domestic eague fans
Laca pulled out of the French squad so no traveling for him.
Rumors: Ramsey to join Roma in January as Emery and Ozil try to lure winger from Roma to Arsenal in a shock swap deal. https://www.whoscored.com/Players/255071/Show/Cengiz-Ünder
Ramsay s video is hilarious
Raddy. I do understand your point of view on readership but only the few that have behind the scenes authority are aware of the numbers. Why not add the number to the opening post each day so we can see what types of posts draw the most readership? That will allow us to create posts that may encourage more participation.
On the subject of types of posts I’m willing to share the burden on PM’s with you although my team selection ability is very poor.
and Chas ends up having to add the team layout.
My personal preference is writing “Blasts from The Past” as I enjoy the research but I feel they have lived their life and have become a bore fest.
Post match posts are most certainly not up my alley.
How can anyone be bored when Chas comes up with 7.44 and 7.45? Have an Internally Bro.
“We are still a left back, a centre back and 2 wingers short of being a side that would compete for second (and another £2.5bn off a team that could be champions).”
The screenshot was from a phone, so it would look different to what you get from a laptop or PC.
I use Safari on my ipad and the WP screens look the same as on a Windows PC.
Just let me know about polls via email and I’ll add them.
Should Wellbeck contract be extended? I say let us keep him with a contract that includes performance related to games played, goals and assists maybe a 2 years contract with one in option. We re supporting him to come back so let us do it all the way and hope for the best.
RC. That is another post in the making!
Thank you, Chas. 🙂 Dont know how we can thank you enough, and Raddy and GN5 and LB, for keeping on going with a post a day. I was one of the sceptics who thought it wont work, but this has been stellar. Thanks a lot. 🙂
As regards the interlull …. good time to continue travels. 🙂
As regards clubs being coerced to pay astronomical contributions towards the golden handshake of an FA chief exec, I think this is unacceptable. I wish Arsenal would have said, sorry but no.
Love the Shewore article and think it should be put up again for “compulsive” reading as soon as the moaners begin again.
I love my Arsenal when they compete, entertain and show they care. Trophies are just cherries because there are always more seasons without!