Arsenal stand to benefit from the international break thanks to the busy schedules for the players of their top four rivals.
With the end of the season fast approaching, the Gunners are in competition with Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the race for a Champions League place.
Unai Emery’s side took a decisive step forward in their final Premier League match before the fixture list was put on hold for the return of international footbal as they beat United 2-0 at the Emirates.
It was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first away defeat since taking charge from Jose Mourinho in December and his first defeat to domestic opponents.
For Arsenal, it was their fourth win in five games and sent them two points clear ahead of United in fourth place, just a point behind north London rivals Spurs.
Any advantage at this stage of the season could be pivotal with only eight games left to play in the league for the Gunners.
Fortunately, the international break may have given them one.
Only Chelsea’s players will clock up fewer miles away from their club than Arsenal among the top four hopefuls.
Members of the dressing room at London Colney will travel 30,695 miles compared to the 24,140 miles on the agenda for the Blues.
By comparison, United’s playing staff will have to travel 36,072 miles. That’s nothing compared to the journeys that the Spurs squad are set to undertake.
Tottenham’s players will be travelling a combined 63,782 miles between them this international break.
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That’s by far the most of any Premier League club.
The distances have been calculated as a round trip from each player’s home ground, to the stadiums where their national team will play and back again.