The list published on the official website of the players heading off on international duty doesn't make me as depressed as it usually does - with one clear exception, Santi Cazorla's call-up for Spain.
Of the seven first team regulars who have been picked, Cazorla has to go all the way to Panama to take part in a money spinning game for the Spanish football federation. As I wrote yesterday, there is no good reason to have a round of international fixtures this week... apart to make money for the national federations. And this match goes to prove it.
It seems every country wants to play Spain because they are world and european champions but that doesn't mean just because the price is right the Spanish football federation should agree to the match. How can they justify taking their players to South America for a meaningless friendly in the middle of the season. No wonder the players suffer burn-out.
FIFA should think of the player's welfare. They should only sanction matches in the country's own continent during the international playing window while the domestic season is taking place. All the Spanish FA are thinking about is their bank balance. What could they possibly learn from playing Panama in November that they couldn't do in say June 2013?
It's unlikely that Cazorla will report to London Colney before Thursday night at the latest for his medical assessment ahead of this weekend's game. And I'd imagine he'll be very jet lagged and jaded going into an important run of games for us. After the north London derby we face Montpellier in the Champions League before heading to Birmingham to play Aston Villa.
You have to feel for the manager. He has no power to prevent his players from being called up. But it must be maddening that he has to sit by and watch his best creative player fly half way around the world to play in a meaningless friendly.
Meanwhile Emmanuel Frimpong has taken to Twitter to publicly state he' prepared to fight for his future at Arsenal. There has been speculation that the midfielder's contact would not be renewed and he could be on his way out of the club in January either in a loan or permanent deal.
But Frimpong tweeted:
"Subject to rumours am not leaving afc I am positive of going on loan this week which am really excited about and I am fully committed to afc. (sic)
"And am not in my last year or looking to be sold just to clear matters thank you and going on loan to get games and come back to arsenal."
I believe for Frimpong to have any future at Arsenal he needs to get his head down and work harder. His game needs to progress and it seems like it's stalling at Arsenal at the moment. Perhaps a loan move until the end of the season would be the best for him, getting him away from his London social circle and forcing him to concentrate on his football. I would be really pleased if he could break in to the first team and have a long term future at the club. At the moment I don't see that happening.
The transfer gossip continues today regarding Wilfried Zaha. The Daily Mirror report Real Madrid are now in on the act. It seems the 20-year-old will have a big decision to make in January and for all the talk of Crystal Palace not selling him, they will if the price is right.
From all I've heard he's a very exciting talent and one I hope will be an Arsenal player.
There is also speculation that Arsene Wenger will rekindle his interest in Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, according to the Daily Mirror. While The Sun says we're scouting Burnley’s right-back Kieran Trippier. While not wanting to feel left out, the Daily Telegraph reports Arsenal talent spotter have been checking out Derby's 17-year-old midfielder Will Hughes.
That's it for today. More tomorrow.