By Graham McNorthbank
At the risk of pre-empting Arsene Wenger's press conference later this week, it appears that all the Arsenal players - bar, perhaps, Tomas Rosicky - came through the international programme unscathed last night, with some enjoying greater succes than others.
Ju Young Park scored yet again for South Korea in a 2-1 victory over United Arab Emirates and while he was the only Gunner to score last night, others enjoyed significant wins. Park's run of good form surely will pave the way for a first team start before too long.
Andrey Arshavin captained Russia to a 6-0 win over Andorra to secure qualification for the European Championships next summer. Rosicky was due to skipper the Czech Republic who beat Lithuania 4-1, but for some reason he did not even make the squad, suggesting me might be crocked. But what else is new?!
Among the players who put in a 90 minute shift for their countries last night were Robin van Persie, Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey, Johan Djourou and Lukasz Fabianski. Whether Alex Song played for Cameroon against Equatorial Guinea remains unclear, as try as I might, there's no match report anywhere for the game.
Meanwhile, Laurent Koscielny and Yossi Benayoun were rested by their national bosses, meaning they should be fresh for the weekend.
As I hinted before, TR7 aside, it looks like we've managed to escape the dreaded internationals relatively pain free. But that could all change when Wenger tells us on Friday that Ebola has wiped out most of the first team squad.
Other than that, there's not a lot doing ahead of the weekend fixture with Sunderland, but if any morsels of news do leak out of the treatment room I'll be sure to let you know.