By Liam Twomey
A Germany victory in Sunday’s World Cup final will only help Arsenal in their challenge for the Premier League this season, according to Mikel Arteta.
Joachim Low’s men will head to the Maracana as heavy favourites to lift the trophy for the first time since 1990 after destroying hosts Brazil 7-1 in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday with a nerveless and utterly ruthless display.
Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker have both featured heavily for the Germans on their run to the final, while Lukas Podolski is also in the squad.
And Arteta – who says he has been in contact with his team-mates since the Brazil thrashing – believes the experience of winning the World Cup would enable the trio to help the Gunners reach greater heights when they return.
“They are bossing it! We are really happy for them and hopefully they can go and finish it now,” the Spaniard told Goal at the launch of Arsenal's new PUMA kits.
“It would be great for the club and for these three guys, because they are special characters as well.
“It brings experience and a winning mentality, and that’s what you want. I know it won’t affect them in a bad way, making their egos any bigger, because I know them well.
“They will need a few weeks to recover because it’s been a long season for them, but hopefully [the World Cup experience] will bring something good.”
Last season saw Arsenal maintain their place in the Premier League’s top four and end the club’s well-documented trophy drought with a dramatic extra-time FA Cup final win over Hull City at Wembley in May.
Arteta admits the triumph was a relief for everyone at the club but insists the players cannot allow themselves to dwell on past glories.
“Considering we hadn’t won anything for nine years it was a very special moment, and hopefully it’s a platform for the future,” he added.
“We believed we could do it. It was great for the fans as well because they waited a long time.
“We all enjoyed it but this season is different again. We have to be challenging for higher aims, and when we all get back together we will sit down and see what we are able to do.
“It was good but it’s not enough, so hopefully we can build on it.
“It was a big relief [to end the trophy drought], especially for the ones who have been at the club longer. But the approach will again be to try and put in the maximum effort.
“It’s going to be a very demanding Premier League, everyone is improving their squads so it’s going to be even harder.”