Who Arsenal's global scouts back for World Cup success - not England

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Fans of Liverpool's Gerrard, Manchester United's Rooney, Chelsea's Cahill, Everton's Barkley and Southampton's Shaw may want to avert their eyes…

If the international scouting department at Arsenal were betting folk, then their nuggets would not be laid down on the English national team, but the Germans, who have a growing contingent at the Emirates Stadium - Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, Mesut Ozil and Serge Gnabry - with even more rumoured to be joining in the summer, like Sami Khedira.

Arsene Wenger has long been credited for his 18-year tenure with the Gunners but has, at times during his career in North London, been criticised for seemingly doing little for the benefit of the national team.

Due to his worldwide recruiting philosophy, foreign talent was adjudged to have been preferred over local footballers - yet Wenger has effectively fired back at his fiercest detractors due to the development of academy products Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs and the nurturing of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson.

Both Wilshere and Oxlade-Chamberlain have been called up to Roy Hodgson's Three Lions squad for the FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil, which kicks off in June and, joining the two Gunners, are renowned Premier League stars such as Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard, Luke Shaw, Gary Cahill and Joe Hart.

While Hodgson has elected for a blend of youth and enthusiasm combined with experience and pitch-craft, the overall quality still pales in comparison to the Germans who, according to Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker "are in the prime of their careers."

He told De Zeit: "I can tell you that the scouting experts here at Arsenal, say to me Per, you want to do it [and] I [told] the bookmaker my money set on you Germans.

"Many of us are in the prime of their careers. After all those second and third-place finishes, the motivation is higher than the fear of failure. They [the nation] think we will go out to Spain or Italy, I know, but I don't share that feeling."

Germany can brag four centurions, as Philipp Lahm, Podolski, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Miroslav Klose have all been capped over 100 times internationally. Mertesacker, meanwhile, could break that 100-barrier in Brazil as he currently has 96.

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