Wenger lining up German international to shore up midfield?

How about both? - Thomas Starke

With an aging Mikel Arteta on the downside of his career, Arsene Wenger is looking to add one of the continent's most-regarded central midfielders

John Cross of The Daily Mirror is reporting that Arsenal, and Arsene Wengeris targeting Bayer Leverkusen's Lars Bender as Mikel Arteta's heir apparent in the center of the midfield:

Arsene Wenger has identified Lars Bender as his No1 summer target to strengthen Arsenal’s midfield.

Manager Wenger wants a midfield general to strengthen the Gunners' squad and sees the Bayer Leverkusen anchorman as the ideal fit.

...

More importantly, Wenger believes Bender would add physical presence and technical ability to his midfield, giving the defence more protection.

...

Arsenal believe they may have to pay up to £20m to get Bender, who could be an ideal replacement for Mikel Arteta. The 32-year-old Spaniard also has just one year left on his contract.

Cross also mentions that Wenger has Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic on his "radar," in case Pep Guardiola decides to cash in to strengthen other areas of his squad, namely their defense, seeing that Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski's arriving in Munich later this summer.

Lars Bender, from everything I've seen, would add tremendous technical ability on and off the ball, and would be more than comfortable holding the ground around him to allow Aaron Ramsey to bomb forward and support the attack.

Arsenal went after Bender last summer, seeing a bid around £19 million rejected.  With Leverkusen sitting three points behind Schalke for the Bundesliga's last automatic Champions League spot with two matches left to play, and with WfL Wolfsburg a mere point behind them, the Nordrhein-Westfalen club might be more apt to sell if the table stays relatively the same come the end of the season and Arsenal come knocking on their door again.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Short Fuse

You must be a member of The Short Fuse to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Short Fuse. You should read them.

Join The Short Fuse

You must be a member of The Short Fuse to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Short Fuse. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker