It's that time of the season again, where a club's good form is either disrupted or given an opportunity to be put on the right track. For Arsenal, it should be a case of the latter after successive defeats to West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea in the English Premier League.
The incompetent defeat at home to newly-promoted West Brom was followed by a better, if not good enough, display at Stamford Bridge. So this weekend's international break should be an opportunity for Arsene Wenger to sit down and analyse where the season is going wrong, however, he more than likely will be watching the games with bated breath, hoping no-one picks up an injury. How often have Arsenal fans watched the players head off to play for their country fit as a fiddle, only to see them return bandaged and on crutches?
There will be 11 Arsenal players on duty over the coming week: Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Abou Diaby for France, Tomas Rosicky for the Czech Republic, Jack Wilshere for England (full and U21), Andrey Arshavin for Russia, Emmanuel Eboue for the Ivory Coast, Marouane Chamakh for Morocco, while Henri Lansbury and Wojciech Szczesny line out for the England U21s and Polish U20s respectively.
While Wenger will be eager to see these players return unharmed for the home game against Birmingham Saturday week, he will be lifted by the news that Cesc Fabregas will be fit for that game, while Theo Walcott should be back for the trip to the City of Manchester Stadium. Long term injury duo Nicklas Bendtner and Aaron Ramsey are also getting back to training. The Dane has reported "no pain" while doing fitness exercises while Ramsey has set a return date of November.
After dropping six points in the space of a week, Arsenal need to get their season back on track against Birmingham, whether the international break has come at a good time can only be answered then.