Reports arriving from Germany suggests that Arsenal are preparing a sensational bid (more than £20m) for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender. Situation at Arsenal is nothing short of a mini crisis. With more than 7 first team players out with injury, they lack bodies everywhere in the pitch right now.
Arsenal are having a forgettable transfer window as more than 15 players left the club with only France U21 International Yaya Sanogo arriving the other way. With more than 70 million available to spend, its surprising to see that they have not spent a single penny from that so called war chest. With just less than 2 weeks remaining in the window, Wenger needs to sign at least 2 to 3 players to revive the situation. Failed targets lists include former Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Gustavo, Marouane Fellaini, Bernard, Luiz Suarez (most probably), and few others.
First and foremost target for them is to sign a defensive midfielder (Lars Bender). According to the Mail Online, Arsenal believe Lars Bender has all it requires to be a long term replacement for Mikel Arteta.
Lars Bender is a versatile player who can play in multiple positions (DM, CM and even as right back if needed). He has high work rate which is an essential attribute for any player in the English league. He can dictate the game from the deep midfield areas and also can stop opponent attacks with his timely interceptions and well judged tackles. He is more like a Box-to-Box player who loves to influence all areas of the pitch.
Champions league qualification is a real key to sign the German enforcer. With Bender’s current side Bayern Leverkusen already qualified for the champions league, he would wait till Arsenal do the same before thinking about the move. With the latest flurry of injuries, Fanerbache tie is just an accident waiting to happen. But if they qualify and sign few world class talents, then they can proceed forward from there.
Meanwhile, Wenger is as optimistic as ever,
“If we don’t spend the money, it is because we don’t find the players. I am not the only one to work on that, we are a team that works on that and we are ready to buy the players if we find the players good enough for us. We take our work seriously and we analyse every player in the world and spend 24 hours a day doing that. We are ready to spend, but until we buy players we have to win football games,”