Date: 25th July 2014 at 10:15am
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Arsene Wenger says that the new season will come too quickly for Arsenal`s trio of World Cup winners to be ready for action.

Lukas Podolski, Mesut Ozil and the BFG (“Big Flipping German” according to my son) were on World Cup duty up until only a couple of weeks ago as the German national side triumphed over Argentina.

Getting to the final meant they will have only have had a couple of weeks rest before the real actions starts at Wembley in a little over two weeks time.

The Arsenal boss has decided the players will be more important that the players are ready and able to play in October/November than it will be for them to start the season and then possibly need a rest later down the road.

‘I have a decision to make, do I bring them early and play them straight away and lose them in October or November or do I give them the needed rest to recover and get the hunger back?’ said Wenger.

‘So I have chosen the second solution knowing that it is a bit risky because on top of that we have the qualifier for the Champions League group stage and they might not be ready for that.’

‘The distance between the final of the World Cup and the start of the Premier League is too short, and that is why it is very difficult to predict how everyone will cope with that because the preparation time is too short and the rest time is too short.”

‘A guy who is coming off a high of winning the World Cup, you can not ask him three weeks later to fight for his life when you are going to Swansea or to Stoke, it takes some time to recover.’

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