Mikel Arteta believes the way his Arsenal side are dealing with an intense fixture schedule will stand them in good stead after the World Cup.
The Gunners travel to Leeds on Sunday after a 1-0 Europa League win at Bodo/Glimt on Thursday.
This trip across the Arctic Circle to Elland Road is the last of two games in three days for a side currently at the top of the Premier League, having won 11 out of 12 games in all competitions.
The first-ever Winter World Cup will halt all Arsenal progress until mid-November as fixtures are cut back after the finals to ensure the season ends on time.
Being subject to such a short turnaround by then could still play into their hands, according to Arteta.
“Well, it’ll be here,” he said of Thursday/Sunday’s planning.
“But after the World Cup, I think it’s going to get worse, so that’s good preparation for what’s to come.
“This is how we are preparing for Leeds now. Mentally and physically it will be a struggle.
“We know how intense it’s going to be, the crowd they have, it’s going to be a challenge and we have to do our best to win there.”
Arteta made seven changes in Norway as Ben White, William Saliba, Martin Odegaard and matchwinner Bukayo Saka retained their places from the 3-2 win over Liverpool.
The quartet are likely to be back in the starting XI at Leeds, with Arteta explaining how he plans to keep them fresh.
“We give them ideas, some videos, get them active, recover well and that’s it,” he added.
“Not much (otherwise), we don’t have time. We have to travel there, back to London and back to Leeds.
“We have an activation session on Saturday, but a training session? It is not possible.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/arsenal-mikel-arteta-leeds-world-cup-b2203623.html Mikel Arteta: Arsenal’s hectic schedule is good preparation for the post-World Cup period