Where Arsenal should aim to be at the NEXT international break

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With several high profile players called up to play for their countries - we look at where Arsenal would like to be the next time international football comes around.

The start to the season hasn't been the greatest for Arsenal, nor has it been disastrous - but they have faced some of their most difficult fixtures. They sit on 10 points, a point off fourth-placed Manchester United having lost just the one league game this season.

In the process they have faced Everton and Chelsea away, along with Manchester City and Tottenham at home - and have picked up a total of three points from those games.

The two wins have come courtesy of a narrow win over Crystal Palace and a comfortable victory away to Aston Villa - where three goals in as many minutes towards the end of the first half ensured of a comfortable afternoon. 

They will have been disappointed to have been dumped out of the League Cup at home by Southampton but they remain in an ok position in their Champions League group - having lost one and won one of their two matches.

They have had their fair share of injuries along the way and will be hoping that after the international break - they will be able to get their players back fit and raring to go - though in the case of Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Debuchy, they are unlikely to see them until around the Christmas period at the earliest.

There is the likely positive of Theo Walcott returning to action along with Serge Gnabry, whilst they will be hoping Aaron Ramsey can recover from a hamstring injury quickly enough to play as big a part as possible in order to help build some momentum into their season.

New signings have also been settling in as well. Alexis Sanchez has demonstrated his class, Danny Welbeck has shown he can be a big threat with his pace but there is likely to be more to come from them as well as youngster Calum Chambers.

The fixtures after this break look relatively friendly, especially comparing them to their most recent outings. League games against Hull City, Sunderland, Burnley and Swansea City should give Arsenal a realistic target of 12 points during this period of fixtures and really break away from the tight pack - and they would hope to be closer towards Chelsea at the top of the table. Though how much closer could depend on their rivals. 

As far as the Champions League is concerned - they face two winnable games against Anderlecht that could put them within touching distance of qualification for the knockout stages. 

A good period after this spell for the Gunners would see them solidly in and around the Champions League places, with nine points from their Champions League group.

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