The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is set to kick off in five weeks during an unusual 2022-23 league campaign across the footballing world, with the Premier League set to suffer an unusual winter break in the process.
Unlike some other top competitions like the Bundesliga, the Premier League remains Europe’s most intense competition given the yearly grueling winter period, but the World Cup presents another predicament, one for which Arsenal and Liverpool have found a solution after the two. the club’s confirmed friendlies against Serie A champions AC Milan as part of their trip to Dubai for winter quarters during the break, as reported by John Cross.
With a winter camp in the area, the ideal conditions will be created for both clubs in terms of their ability to stay fit during a period unfamiliar to Premier League clubs, but most importantly, Arsenal and Liverpool will be able to receive players from return from international. duty with little effort given Qatar’s limited travel commitments to Dubai.
As of this writing, the pair of Premier League giants are set to lose at least eighteen players combined who will depart for their respective domestic squad camps in mid-November, and with limited recovery time given depth each player can go to Qatar, the limited travel and adapting to club life could be the difference for the rest of the 2022-23 season.
Arsenal risk losing, at a minimum, Aaron Ramsdale, Matt Turner, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhães, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Thomas Partey, Sambi Lokonga, Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Jesus, while Liverpool will wish the best to Alisson, Virgil van Dijk , Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Thiago, Diogo Jota, Darwin Núñez and Roberto Firmino.
While fitness issues resulting from a frustrating reality of the World Cup remain a constant, any measures clubs can take for players coming from high-intensity mid-season competition and returning to competitive Europe’s most intense league could make the difference.