Mathieu Flamini believes the international break could not have come at a better time for Arsenal after their winning streak came to an end against West Brom.
Gunners' 10-game run was halted with a 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns on
Sunday, with the squad now departing for international commitments for
the next 10 days.
Flamini has started and finished Arsenal's last
four Premier League games as they climbed to top spot in the table but
admits he, and the squad, are already struggling with fatigue.
think [the international break] comes at a really good time because we
have played a lot," Flamini told the club's official website.
"Obviously everybody is tired physically and tired mentally because you have to give 200 per cent in every single game.
us it is a chance to have players coming back into the group like maybe
Theo [Walcott] and Santi [Cazorla]. I hope everyone will be back soon."
earning his week off, Flamini says that the demands of the Premier
League have not let up during his five-year stay with AC Milan.
"I don’t think it is harder - the Premier League was very hard before and it is still as hard as before," he added.
players were playing in the Premier League before and top players are
still playing in the Premier League now. That means it's very physical
and very quick from one side to another.
"The transition from the
defence to the attack is very quick. We have a lot of space also and of
course for me it is the most difficult championship. We can see that
every time on the pitch."