Arsenal are ready to make Bayer Leverkusen captain Lars Bender their priority transfer target this January, report the Metro.
A knee injury to Gunners anchor-man Francis Coquelin will rule the Frenchman out for up to 12 weeks.
Furthermore, club captain Mikel Arteta also the subject of a recent setback, limping off in the loss to West Brom.
Mathieu Flamini is the only other recognised option as a defensive midfielder, reportedly prompting manager Arsene Wenger to act when the transfer window once again opens for business at the start of 2016.
The 26-year old Leverkusen star has previously been linked with a switch to the Emirates, though reports suggest Wenger is now keen to make a substantial offer in order to secure the German international.
After the seriousness of Coquelin’s ailment was revealed, Wenger stated, ‘I’ll do what is needed in January, even though in January it is not an ideal transfer market.’