Arsenal closing in on long term German target

Arsenal could be closing in on a deal for Germany international Lars Bender this January, according to reports in the Metro.

Bayer Leverkusen have recently revealed their star could leave the Bundesliga outfit for pastures new next month as speculation grows about a winter switch to the Gunners.

Emirates chief Arsene Wenger has seen his title chasing side rocked by injuries in recent weeks, with star engine room pairing Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin both long term casualties.

The French tactician has long been linked with a move for Bender, who has the defensive attributes required to act as adequate cover in the heart of the North London club’s midfield.

Now, club chairman Michael Schaede has spoken on the matter.

‘Bayer Leverkusen can’t be as arrogant to say that we are creating world stars and they will retire here.’

‘If we are able to create a world star or top player, then one day this player wants to play for one of the top [clubs in the world}, of course’, revealed the club official.

The 26-year old dynamo is an established German international, regularly competing in the Champions League.