Arsenal’s midfield is still lacking that tenacious bite and physical presence, but one man who could provide it is long-term transfer target Lars Bender.
The brother of Sven is regarded as one of the Bundesliga’s hardest workers and toughest tacklers, this term averaging a near incredible 4.5 tackles per match in the Champions League’s group stages.
The 24 year-old has proved his utility on the international scene too; operating as a make-shift right-back, Bender netted three times in six outings for Die Mannschaft in 2013.
More than anything else, the Bayer ball-winner’s character is what Wenger will find most appealing. He’s currently serving as the club’s vice captain and through his aggressive wok-rate is a natural leader – exactly what the Gunners need at the heart of midfield.
Bender signed a new contract with the German side at the start of the season, but rumours persist that he could be on his way to the Premier League in the summer.
According to the tabloids, he’s valued at around £25million – but Arsenal’s transfer interest is rivalled by Manchester United, Liverpool and Real Madrid.