Even with the likes of super creative players like Cazorla, Wilshere and Arteta, Arsenal still struggled to control games this season like they normally do in previous years. Main reason for this is the lack of a proper defensive midfielder. With premier league getting more and more physical, DM is a must for any team. Arsenal are currently linked with many DMs, Lars Bender from Bayer Leverkusen is one of them. In this article, let’s have a closer look on the rising star from Germany.
Lars Bender is currently playing for Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. Sven Bender from Borussia Dortmund is his twin brother.
Lars Bender is a versatile player who can play in many positions (DM, CM and even as right back if needed). He is also gifted with a 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.
He is not a Vieira. He has to still improve his physical side of game if he wants to cope up in premier league. He is also bit slow in pace which will affect team’s counter attacks.
Bender would be a very good addition to the gunners. He is just 23 years of age and could still develop in one of the best midfielders in the world under the guidance of Arsene Wenger. His partnership with Cazorla and Jack Wilshere could bring back the glory days of Cesc – Flamini era again.
Bender is one of the very important player for Bayer Leverkusen who will never sell him for anything less than £15m. But will Wenger spend £15m for a midfielder? Post your opinions of this transfer below,