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Arsenal to reignite transfer pursuit

Lars Bender

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger seems to have reacted to the opening day humiliation at home to Aston Villa by making another move for Transfer Tavern favourite Lars Bender, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Gunners had a £19million bid rejected for the Bayer Leverkusen holding midfielder at the star of the summer, but are set to reignite their pursuit in order to appease fan concerns.

The Emirates crowd were in shock yesterday after the Gunners were beaten 3-1 at home by Aston Villa despite going 1-0 up early on.

The lack of discipline in midfield was evident and although going down to ten men in the second half didn’t help, Villa were seemingly outnumbering and outplaying the Gunners engine room.

The talent of Bender would be a welcomed addition to the Londoners’ side who started with main man Santi Cazorla on the bench.

Leverkusen have qualified for the Champions League this season and so the German international is in no rush to leave the club which could result in Arsenal having to bid big money.

The midfield general also has four years remaining on his current deal in the Bundesliga and so any chance of a quick pounce is out of the question with Leverkusen set to demand around £30million for their main man.

The Gunners are hoping to strengthen all areas of their side before the window shuts at the start of September but getting players to put pen to paper is proving tough for Wenger who is now seriously under pressure to deliver success.

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