After securing ta club record deal for Mesut Ozil on deadline day, the Frenchman has now made bolstering his defensive midfield options a priority.
He has set his sights on the Bundesliga pair, and has ordered scouts to assess them ahead of potential January moves.
Wenger is known to be a fan of Leverkusen’s Bender, and some rumours suggest that he made serious moves for his signature over the summer.
The 24-year-old has been one of Germany’s most impressive young talents over the course of the past few seasons, but it is said that he could be open to a move away from his current club.
Gundogan is also on Wenger’s radar.
The deep-lying playmaker has been key to Dortmund’s recent successes, and even netted a goal in last season’s Champions League final – albeit a consolation in their 2-1 defeat to Bayern Munich.
The 22-year-old is seen as the ideal player to usher in a new period of success at the Emirates Stadium, and Wenger is hopeful that the presence of Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker can help him to complete a deal.
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