Arsenal’s three World Cup winning Germans have returned to the club today after their extended break.
Per Mertesacker, now vice-captain, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski are back with a flurry of Instagram pictures and some hard work to do. Although there were suggestions Mertesacker might be used for the opening day of the season, Arsene Wenger ruled that out last week.
However, they’ll find an old friend waiting for them in London in the shape of Shad Forsythe who has individually tailored a training programme for each player so they can get up to speed as quickly as possible without jeopardising their long-term fitness.
Indeed, it’s something Arsene Wenger touched on last week, saying, “You have the choice – you get them back very quickly and you lose them in October, or you give them a needed rest to build them up again.”
So, welcome back to the lads and hopefully we see them on the pitch sooner rather than later.