PHOTO: Walcott happy to be reunited with Ozil and Mertesacker

Walcott And Mertesacker

Theo Walcott has uploaded a photograph of Arsenal's three German World Cup winners - but when will they all play together?

Fleet-footed forward Theo Walcott is "happy" that a hat-trick of World Cup winning Germans have returned to Arsenal duty.

Granted extended leave due to their prolonged involvement in the month-long festival of football in Brazil earlier this summer, Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski all reported to Arsenal's training ground earlier today, Monday.

Mertesacker's partnership with Laurent Koscielny was a distinct advantage in a number of Premier League matches last season; Ozil - despite his status as a maligned player - was responsible for creating a plethora of chances for his attack-minded team-mates while Podolski was a terrific quality to have in the dressing room.

However, not one was needed on Sunday as Arsenal out-gunned Manchester City by a convincing 3-0 score.

It is now testament to the club's strength in depth that Arsene Wenger will have even greater options now he is close to enjoying a full complement of Gunners.

But how long will it be until the German contingent will be competing alongside Walcott? Theo is some time away from first-team duty as he looks to conclude his rehabilitation from a long-term anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered at the start of the calendar year.

It is believed Walcott will return to full training at the end of the current month and his return to competitive football could be as early as September.

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