Is Arsenal boss chasing the wrong Bender brother?

Discounting the foul mouthed robot from Futurama, there are still two people called Bender that have recently been linked with a transfer to Arsenal this summer. Arsene Wenger is said to have been tracking the twin brothers Sven and Lars Bender for some time, but according to a Daily Mail report, the Frenchman has decided to go for the latter.

The paper claims that Wenger tried to bring Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars to Arsenal last summer, but the Germany international, who missed out on the World Cup in Brazil due to injury, preferred another season in the Bundesliga. We don’t know if that has changed, but could soon find out of the news of us making contact with the German club are true.

Lars Bender should only be a backup target for Arsenal

According to the German media, Arsenal have had their opening bid of 23 million euros for German International Lars Bender rejected by his club Bayer Leverkusen. Honestly, I don’t think there is any truth in Arsenal bidding that amount for the player, however I feel that there definitely is interest in him from Arsenal and so its worthy thinking about if we actually need him.

Quite simply, I think the answer to that question is YES! Lars Bender and not his brother Sven Bender who plays for Borussia Dortmund, has been an ever present figure for his team and has attracted interest from across the top European clubs, ever since becoming one of Leverkusen’s most important players.