Could this German international be Arsenal’s January DM target?

With the latest news that both Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are going to be on the treatment table for at least three months, it is imperative that Arsenal find at least one player in the January transfer window, and it will surely be a defensive midfielder if we are to be serious title contenders.

There are many names being bandied about, but it is unlikely that any truly world-class DMs will be available in January, but that may have changed now with the quotes from Michael Schade, the Bayer Leverkusen chairman. He has admitted their German international midfielder Lars Bender could be open to moving to a bigger club. He said: “Bayer Leverkusen can’t be as arrogant to say that we are creating world stars and they will retire here,”

“If we are able to create a world star or top player, then one day this player wants to play for one of the top [clubs in the world], of course.”

The 26 year-old is definitely world-class, and would surely have had a World Cup Winner’s medal now if he hadn’t been cruelly injured just before the last tournament. I would say that Schade has made these comments now to alert clubs that Leverkusen are ready to cash in on Bender, and Arsenal will be unlikely to find a better DM, especially in January.

Bayer are currently 9th in the Bundesliga, and are going to knocked out of the Champions League this week unless they beat Barcelona, so there is nothing for Bender to stay at the German club for this season. He may cost a fortune but I think Wenger should give Herr Schade a ring right now!

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  1. Trevor says:

    Lars Bender would be perfect, please make this happen.

    1. muffdiver says:

      …santa are you listening??

      ARE YOUU????

    2. SoOpa AeoN says:

      Anew…….. Anew…….hello…… Hello….. *buzzing sound* …. *hang-up*

    3. muda says:

      Calm down man, its not gonna happen, I am sorry but this is the FACT.

  2. Greg says:

    Wouldn’t mind lars bender coming to the emirates at all in january! But everything we read is just rumours for now!

  3. Kotte says:

    More articles please!

  4. muffdiver says:

    have spoke with dicky laws nephew …err…RIcky..yeah ricky…
    we are after…

    -john kallstrom
    -koala senderos
    -Dilberto Dilva
    -kimbo kokorin

    1. SoOpa AeoN says:


  5. SoOpa AeoN says:

    we keep talking bout bringing ppl in this january…………. Aren’t we wanting no one released as well?……..


    Hehe! Won’t name names

  6. Fatboy Gooney says:

    The premier league is sooooooo unpredictable this year!
    Newcastle 2 Liverpool 0
    you would have thought that?

    1. Roe-hahn says:

      I actually tipped them to beat Liverpool..but Stoke-Mancity was unexpected..Also tipped West Ham to beat United and Chelsea to lose.

  7. Dennis says:

    Wenger won’t buy anyone! He’s going to use flamini/ramsay/chambers there. On Dec 26, we get wilshere, sanchez, arteta back. So there you have it folks, don’t even bother with these articles because wenger will use what he has until the summer or as he says ‘if a bargain is offered to me’

    1. GoonerLad says:

      Please no, just no ! NO ! NO! NO! NO ! NO MORE FREAKING ARTETA I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE ! Give him a coaching role, drop Flamini, keep Wilshere on the bench until next season and get a freaking PROVEN QUALITY DM !

  8. mohawk says:

    Josey’s team is 2 points above the relegation zone.

    Who is specializing in failure, Josey????

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      I would absolutely love it, if Chelsea got relegated and Arsenal won the league ?

      Surely MoaninHO would have to move to the moon,
      After that?

  9. Fellow gooners,every December your like little children waiting by the chimney for Arsene Santa to. bring you the player you always wanted. Don’t be disappointed.

  10. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Wenger won’t be signing any big names or spending big money in the January transfer window.
    He will be looking for a temporary solution,
    Maybe a loan or two at the most.

    1. muffdiver says:

      who of real value to our first team can we get on loan in jan

      1. Fatboy Gooney says:

        Errr… Wenger knows best ??
        His probably got the scouts searching Europe,
        for the finest (injured) bench warmers!

        And Coquelin and Cazorla will probably be back in action before Wenger’s loanie is fit to play ?

        1. Fatboy Gooney says:

          I read that Real Madrid will tempt Arsenal with Isco and jesse james Rodriguez for Sanchez ?

          I would consider that offer!

          1. GoonerLad says:

            Gtfo, Sanchez is our gem along with Ozil and Koscielny, they’re going nowhere ! But we could still get Isco or Jese if they got a player from our PL rivals

  11. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Good weekend for Arsene

    Bad weekends for:

    José Cantwinho

    Jurgen Flopp

    Louis No Goal

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      You left out the Man City boss?
      Was his name a bit too difficult? ?

      1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

        Sorry completely forgot Manuel Wackegrini

      2. Fatboy Gooney says:

        Manu- lost-aswell Pellegrini

        1. Fatboy Gooney says:

          Hahaha ??

          1. Fatboy Gooney says:

            Manu= man you and not man utd.?

  12. rpk says:

    Bender is going to have knee surgery soon.. We will not buy him. There is a lot of talk abt Ruben neves , 18 years old kid!!

    1. GoonerLad says:

      But we got Bielik..17 years old kid..

  13. Koss says:

    just think within the box, wenger not signing anyone in jan whether available or not#caseclosed#

  14. vinie2000 says:

    inconsistent EPl this year and if we do not ADD two bodies needed (DM and ST) then we will never win it…many names but mines are Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira ahead of Lacazette..this brazilian boy has speed and is like Douglas Costa from Bayerm..and Carvallo as DM..believe me this is what’s missing in this team for the last 6 years. If we spend 50 millions in January for those 2 then we do not need to spend much in summer when all those crippled come back into action maybe a decent CB for about 15-20 millions..but to win the EPL Mr wenger it is NOW or NEVER .. “ACT NOW” no more excuses

  15. Skandalouz says:

    Lars Bender would indeed be perfect, but he’s also cup tied (Flamini for CL yay) and besides that he’s the captain of his club. Their chairman’s quotes are interesting however but I think Granit Xhaka is an easier deal to seal, way younger aswell.

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