Five players for Arsenal fans to keep an eye on during the international break

Fernando Llorente

Fernando Llorente, Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud, Wojciech Szczesny and Nicklas Bendtner all feature.

It is international week, and Premier League fans could very soon start suffering from withdrawal symptoms as they do not get their weekly dose of football delights.

But there are of course plenty of international fixtures going on, with some more important than others, and plenty of Premier League interest to be had from each of these fixtures.

We take a look at which five players Arsenal fans need to be keeping tabs on over the next few days.

Fernando Llorente

OK so the Spaniard might have come out today and said he never dreamt of a Juventus exit, but this is football. Mesut Ozil said he wasn’t leaving Real Madrid yet two days later he was an Arsenal player - pinches of salt.

Llorente has been preferred to Roberto Soldado in the absence of would-be debutant Diego Costa and will be hoping to show Vicente del Bosque that he doesn’t need to call-up a Brazilian.

Karim Benzema

Another striker linked with filling the final piece of the Arsenal jigsaw in January is the Frenchman - who is competing with Olivier Giroud for a starting berth in the playoffs v Ukraine.

If Benzema could outperform the man he is reportedly being courted to assist from the winter, it would surely make a transfer more than just a consideration.

Wojciech Szczesny

The young stopper is in great form, but that does not necessarily mean he will start friendly matches against Slovakia and Republic of Ireland.

He must first get ahead of Southampton star Artur Boruc in the pecking order, and with playing time expected, this could be his chance to impress a new manager.

Nicklas Bendtner

The Dane has certainly got plenty of stick in recent weeks, and it has only increased this week.

His national team manager Morten Olsen has told him to leave The Gunners in the winter, while the player himself admits he wanted to leave in the summer.

With the upcoming international friendly against Norway the striker, who has recovered in time from a sickness bug, will hope that international duty offers him the usual reprieve.

A reprieve that saw him score twice against Italy last time out.

Thomas Vermaelen

The estranged club captain finally made an appearance at the weekend, taking the place of an ill Per Mertesacker.

Today he is expected to start for Belgium, and should be playing right now, as Daniel Van Buyten and Vincent Kompany are out injured.

Belgium also face Japan next week - and Vermaelen will hope to prove his worth whilst playing for his talented nation.

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