Morning all.

It’s looking like a Manchester derby for the FA Cup final in May. No disrespect to Coventry but I can’t see them beating Manchester Utd in the semi-final although I hope they do of course. Man City should in theory be too good for Chelsea. I watched some of the Chelsea match against Leicester City and whilst it was 11 v 11 and 2-2, I fancied Leicester to nick it. However, 10 v 11 gave Chelsea the advantage. Liverpool losing at Old Trafford was a bit of a surprise, especially after taking a 2-1 lead but it wasn’t their day. 4-3 in the final seconds of extra time saw Utd through. The glory of the FA Cup eh…

With the FA Cup fixtures out of the way, international football takes centre stage. I say centre stage but unless I’m really bored, I won’t be watching any of the matches over the next two weeks. I’m probably one of thousands of football fans who believe an international break in the middle of March is ridiculous. Clubs are fighting for titles, against relegation or just a place in Europe so the last thing any need is players to be anywhere other than on their own training ground.
Liverpool have 16 players away and of the rest remaining in England, only Mo Salah is fit.
Man City have 15 players away, with injured Ederson, Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish staying at home along with Stefan Ortega, Sergio Gomez.

Arsenal have just 12 players away with their respective countries, a number less than on previous occasions, not that you’ll hear me complaining about that.

Going away:

Kai Havertz, Martin Odegaard,  Mohamed Elneny,  Bukayo Saka,  William Saliba, Jakub Kiwior, Oleksandr Zincheno,  Declan Rice, Leandro Trossard, Gabriel, Aaron Ramsdale and Thomas Partey.

Staying at home:

Jurrien Timber, Ben White, Reiss Nelson, Gabriel Martinelli (injured) Gabriel Jesus, Jorginho, Emile Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Cedric Soares, Fabio Vieira.

I always worry about our Brazilian players going away on international duty because of the miles they cover but this time, not only do we have just Gabriel going away, bad enough as that is considering how good he’s been for Arsenal, but both of Brazils fixtures are in Europe. First up is England at Wembley followed by short trip to Spain. England have two home fixtures, France also play both their games at home, as do Norway. Both Germany matches are in Europe. Poland play just the one home fixture, Ukraine travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Belgium take on the Republic of Ireland before facing England, Egypt have one home fixture against New Zealand and lastly, Ghana have two away matches, the first against Nigeria followed by Uganda.

All we can do now is hope that all of our players return to Arsenal next week in good physical condition. Majority of them should be back on Wednesday so that’ll give Mikel Arteta four days to work with them before the City game on the last day of the month.

Catch up in the comments.