World Cup winner Per Mertesacker acknowledges Arsenal fans, poses with Mesut Ozil

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Per Mertesacker acknowledges the congratulatory messages that he has received from the Arsenal fans since winning the 2014 World Cup with Germany on Sunday.

From having no ‘winning mentality’, Arsenal have gone to having three World Cup winners in their squad.

The Gunners have long been criticised for not having enough players with a winning mentality – supposedly one of the key reasons for their lack of silverware success over the past few years.

However, the North London club eventually ‘regained’ that mentality last season when they ended their nine-year trophy drought with FA Cup triumph.

And now, Arsenal will have no fewer than three players who will start the 2014-15 campaign as World Cup winners.

Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil were all part of the 23-man Germany squad that won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on Sunday.

The trio have been getting congratulatory messages since their 1-0 extra-time victory over Argentina in the final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, and defender Mertesacker has acknowledged them on social networking site Twitter, while posting a number of celebratory pictures.

Mertesacker did not start the final and came on as a substitute for his Arsenal teammate Ozil on 120 minutes. Nevertheless, he is unlikely to dwell on that as he is now a World Cup winner.

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