Report details why Arsenal should have extra optimism going into Swansea clash
By Emma Sanders
Arsenal have the second best recent record in the Premier League following international breaks, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim Arsenal benefit more than virtually every other club in the last three seasons.
Since the start of the 2013-14 campaign, only Chelsea (31) have collected more points than Arsenal (29) in matches following the break.
Despite receiving criticism for their pre-season preparations, Arsenal seem to do much better following the mid-season breaks.
They’ve lost six of their last seven opening fixtures in the Premier League campaign but the report claims they will benefit the most from the two-week international break.
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Arsenal’s fixtures seem fairly kind, especially compared to their rivals, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool, who all face each other.
The Gunners welcome Swansea on Saturday before facing Middlesbrough, Reading and Sunderland throughout October.
“Maybe the quality of a Premier League team is to be capable of refocusing quickly after international games,” Wenger said, as quoted by the Standard.
“That’s what is at stake for us -to show that, despite the interruption, we can restart at the same level we had before.
“If I look at the results after the international breaks, it’s not negative. What is important is to move up to the next level and continue to improve.
“The quick we refocus on our targets, the more chance we have to achieve that.”