Five reasons for Arsenal to be positive heading into the international break

There are several reasons for Arsenal to be optimistic heading into the international break.

Arsene Wenger and the Gunners would have loved the opportunity to create an 11 point gap between themselves and Manchester United but it wasn’t to be and the North London team face Southampton in two weeks.

Arsenal will suffer further setbacks as will all of the other teams in the title race but it’s not all doom and gloom around North London and the side stays in a very healthy position.

Here are five reasons Gunners everywhere should still be feeling optimistic.

1) Table

Arsenal are still top of the table because they have been the best side this season and they have played the best football.

2) Injuries

Key players will be one step closer to recovery after the international break such as Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott who can both add great pace in wide areas of the team.

3) Tactics

That will have a knock on effect in terms of tactics because pace means opposition sides can’t afford to play high lines, which means Arsenal’s midfielders will get time and space to use possession.

4) The Past Week

In the past week Arsenal have played against the attacking talents of the following players, conceding just a single goal; Sturridge, Suarez, Lewandowski, Reus, Mkhitaryan, Rooney and van Persie.

5) Nicklas Bendtner

Another weekend has now passed, with the January transfer window moving closer which means the opportunity to sign someone better than the Danish striker.

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