Gunners alerted to buy-out fee of Germany international and could now look to bring him to Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal are considering a swoop for Lars Bender as German newspaper Express have revealed that the Bayer 04 Leverkusen midfielder has a €15million (£12.2m) release clause in his contract.
The Germany international, who is 23 years of age, is a terrier-like player in the centre of the park – harrying and harassing opposition players to win the ball.
A fine tackler who has an exceptional sense of positioning, Bender is also able to use his qualities in attacking areas.
He is a very good passer of the ball, supplying his team-mates with three assists in the Bundesliga so far this season, and as well as his primary position of defensive midfielder, he can also fill in on the right flank and at right full back if needs must.
Arsenal have not had a purely defensive player in their midfield since the days of Mathieu Flamini and Gilberto Silva, and Mikel Arteta is left to perform much of the dirty work in that area – something that he has had to learn in the last few years.
As fine a player as Arteta is, at Everton he had a more attacking role, and the additional biting presence of a holding player might help release the shackles around him and his team-mates.
Should Bender be available for just €15m, he would be a true bargain, as he is a quality player who could grow into one of the world’s best.
He may well become so at Arsenal.
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