The Gunners want the German following a poor start to the season.
After losing their opening Premier League match at home to Aston Villa, Arsenal are desperate to make new signings and are looking at Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender once again, according to the Mirror.
Manager Arsene Wenger is a keen admirer of the midfielder and has already had a £19m bid for the German turned down by Leverkusen.
Yet the Frenchman is not going to let that fact deter him and is planning to make an improved offer for Bender, with the Gunners lacking in the centre of the park.
Injuries to Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have left the club weak in midfield and the 24-year-old could inject some much needed grit to the starting XI.
Wenger has been criticised for a lack of activity in the transfer market, having only bought in Yaya Sanogo on a free from Auxerre.
Fans at the Emirates Stadium have had to watch on as stars such as Gonzalo Higuain and Luiz Gustavo have bypassed north London in favour of other clubs.
This, coupled with the disappointing 3-1 home defeat in the league to Villa, has seen pressure mount on the boss even at this early stage and a new face could help relieve that.
However, with Leverkusen having qualified for the Champions League and Bender contracted at the Bundesliga outfit until 2017, it’s unknown how easy it would be to bring in the Germany international.