Arsenal fans are given the exciting news in the Football Transfer Tavern by the Express as Arsene Wenger is now pursuing Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender after Sami Khedira ended speculation of him leaving Real Madrid in January.
Wenger was quick to turn his attention to a new target after their number one choice, Khedira, said he was not going to leave the Spanish giants just yet, as Carlo Ancelotti believes he has a role to play this season.
Whilst on the other hand Bender has been a integral part of Bayer Leverkusen’s squad this season as they are currently perched in fifth place.
He would fit in well at Arsenal with their passing approach as has a wide range of passing as well as great ball retention.
Although he is a good holding midfielder, punters in the Tavern argue that he does not provide enough of a physical presence.
This is something Arsenal have been slated for on numerous occasions in the past as their midfield has been exploited time and time again by more physical opposition.
Critics believe Wenger needs to target a central midfielder who will bring back the ‘steel’ to Arsenal’s starting line up.
The Gunners will have to pay around £20m to acquire his services, which has left fans in the Tavern uncomfortable as they feel the money should be put towards defensive reinforcements rather than more midfielders.