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Arsenal Players Who Will Benefit from the International Break

Aaron BowerFeatured ColumnistNovember 14, 2013

Arsenal Players Who Will Benefit from the International Break

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    With Arsenal's 1-0 defeat to Manchester United rounding off their domestic programme for two weeks, the international break provides many with a chance to transform their excellent form at club level onto the international scene.

    For some of the Arsenal squad, though, it is an opportunity to try and send a message to Arsene Wenger that they are ready for an upturn in form ahead of the busy festive schedule for the Gunners.

    Some are in World Cup qualifying action, with others joining up with their international squads for friendlies.

    Here, Bleacher Report takes a look at some of the Arsenal squad who are going to benefit most from the international break, rather than being with the Gunners.

     

    Agree? Disagree? Is there anyone we have missed off the list? Get involved with the discussion below.

Nicklas Bendtner (Denmark)

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    It's fair to say he has enjoyed a dismal start to the season with the Gunners, and Friday's friendly against Norway gives Nicklas Bendtner an opportunity to show what he can do when he leads the line.

    He has actually been scoring goals for the Danes, grabbing a brace against Italy in World Cup qualifying earlier this season. However, his opportunities under Arsene Wenger are purely limited to being second in command to Olivier Giroud.

    After spending the last two seasons out on loan at Sunderland and Juventus, the giant Dane has yet to score for Arsenal this season, leaving him a focal point of criticism from Gunners fans, despite their impressive start to the season.

    Bendtner will likely leave the Emirates in the January transfer window, but if he can impress against the Norwegians Friday night, it may convince Wenger that he could still have a role to play for the Gunners ahead of the opening of the transfer window.

Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium)

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    Due to Per Mertesacker falling ill in the buildup to the Manchester United defeat, Thomas Vermaelen got a rare opportunity to start for Arsenal last weekend.

    Although the Gunners lost the game, Vermaelen was his usual impressive self, providing an able replacement for the German in such a huge game. He now has an opportunity to carry momentum into the international break with Belgium.

    After qualifying for the finals in Brazil with ease, the Belgians have a pair of friendlies as they look to build their own momentum ahead of the tournament. With Vincent Kompany out injured still, Vermaelen will occupy a place at the heart of the defence for the games against Colombia (Thursday) and Japan (Tuesday).

    If Vermaelen does impress for the Belgians in these games, it may remind Arsene Wenger that the Gunners captain is still a top-class defender who can be relied upon.

Nacho Monreal (Spain)

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    Like Thomas Vermaelen, Nacho Monreal has found his opportunities hard to come by this season. He does however, remain a key part of his country's international setup.

    With defending champions Spain already at Brazil next year, they are also in friendly action, taking on Equatorial Guinea and South Africa as they look to assess their options ahead of the tournament next year.

    Monreal is likely to play a role for the Spaniards again, and it will give him an opportunity to stake a claim for a first-team role. Monreal has added incentive to perform well during the international break, as his club-rival Kieran Gibbs is a likely third choice for England behind Leighton Baines and Ashley Cole.

    Monreal has almost been a forgotten man at the Emirates this season. Surely, impressive performances for the best national side in the world will help to remind Arsene Wenger that he is the club's best left-back.

Jack Wilshere (England)

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    Jack Wilshere has a fantastic opportunity to cement his place as one of England's most influential midfielders during this international break.

    With injuries ruling the likes of Steven Gerrard and Michael Carrick out of the games and no replacements being called up, Wilshere will play a huge role for England over the next week.

    He is by no means a guaranteed starter at the Emirates this season given Arsenal's wealth of options in the midfield area. His performances have not exactly been stellar for the Gunners this season, either.

    Wilshere could use the international break to his benefit and come back to Arsenal as a man in form. If he impresses against Chile and Germany, he will have added to Arsene Wenger's huge selection dilemma in the midfield.

Mesut Ozil (Germany)

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    Many people feel Mesut Ozil is in desperate need of a rest, hence his form not being as magnificent as we have become accustomed to it being.

    However, I feel it is more a case of Ozil taking time to come up to standard with the pace of the Premier League. That is why the break with Germany will do him the world of good.

    Ozil is fully used to playing a vast amount of games, as he has done with Real Madrid over the previous few seasons. That is why the argument that he needs to rest does not sit easy with me. I feel he needs to simply find some form, and time away from Arsenal may do him good.

    It would be even more impressive if Ozil could deliver the goods Tuesday against England at Wembley. By switching to international football for a week, it could be the spark Ozil needs in his quest to find his best form.

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