We are currently in the midst of the second international break of the season, a time when Arsenal players famously suffer injuries.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta will hope his players come out of the break relatively unscathed ahead of their Premier League clash against Crystal Palace on Monday, October 18.
The north Londoners endured an abysmal start to the campaign, suffering a 2-0 defeat to newly-promoted Brentford on the opening day of the season before Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea inflicted the same scoreline upon them just a week later.
Arsenal then were rooted to the bottom of the table after Manchester City beat them 5-0 following Granit Xhaka’s first-half sending off.
However, Arteta’s side quickly turned things around, recording 1-0 wins against Norwich City and Burnley before they came out flying against local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, defeating them 3-1 thanks to goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka.
In-form Brighton then put their winning run to a halt as the two sides shared the spoils in a 0-0 draw at the Amex Stadium, leaving the Gunners 11th in the standings going into the current break.
Ahead of their must-win clash against Palace, the north London outfit currently have 16 players on international duty.
Arteta will be sweating on versatile defender Takehiro Tomiyasu, who will likely play for Japan on Tuesday as they travel to Australia for their World Cup qualifier.
Tomiyasu will then have to fly back to London, a trip that takes up to 24 hours, meaning he will likely be extremely tired upon returning to the English capital.
Similarly, midfield maestro Thomas Partey will travel with the Ghana squad for their match against Zimbabwe on Tuesday, with a flight from Zimbabwe to London taking at least 12 hours.
Partey not being fully fit would be disastrous for Arteta given the Spanish coach lost Swiss midfielder Xhaka to a long-term knee injury last month.
Xhaka collided with Tottenham’s Lucas Moura before limping off, leaving Arsenal with limited options in the middle of the park going into a busy period.