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Were Arsenal priced out for Omer Toprak this summer? 0

Posted on August 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Metro, Arsenal only opted to sign Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi as they weren’t willing to meet the asking price for Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Omer Toprak. The highly-rated Bundesliga defender is reportedly available for £40M, but the Gunners instead have opted for a player £5M less in Mustafi after agreeing personal terms.

At one point this summer, it did look like Toprak would the defender coming in as the Mustafi deal stalled over a transfer fee, but now the German international has all but signed ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash. Toprak is three years Mustafi’s senior, but has developed into a top central defender with Leverkusen over the years.

Would Javier Hernandez be a good signing for Arsenal? 0

Posted on August 07, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal are looking for a striker and a prolific one has seemingly stated he is unsure of his future with his current club. That striker is former Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez.

The Mexican international has raised doubts about his future at Bayer Leverkusen by saying he is not ruling out a move before the transfer window shuts.

You never know

The striker told Kicker: “You never know what happens in football,”

“In years gone by I have left my club on the last day of the transfer window.

Sanchez asks Wenger to buy Hernandez 0

Posted on December 30, 2015 by David Nugent

According to Spanish publication Don Balon, Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has asked Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to sign former-Manchester United and current Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez in January.

Sanchez reportedly believes that the Mexican international would be a top signing for the north London club in January. In fact such is his admiration for the Bayer striker that he has put in a personal request to his boss to sign Hernandez.

Hernandez only moved to Germany in the summer from Old Trafford, but has been in superb form this season, scoring 19 goals in 16 appearances for the German side in all competitions, including 11 in the Bundesliga.

What could Lars Bender bring to the Arsenal midfield? 1

Posted on July 07, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With reports suggesting Arsenal are still interested in Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender, what would the 25-year-old bring to the club if the Gunners signed him this summer?

Bender last season made 29 German Bundesliga appearances for Leverkusen, scoring three goals and making one assist. He made 1133 passes, 2% of which turned into chances on goal.

He made 47 successful dribbles and made more than 100 tackles in the last campaign, averaging a tackle or interception every 16 minutes. He provides defensive stability, with 24% of his league games played amounting to clean sheets.

Arsenal target Lars Bender to stay with Bayer Leverkusen 0

Posted on May 06, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s long pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender could now be coming to an end after the 25-year-old signed a new deal with the German outfit.

“I signed my new contract until 2019, and that should have told everyone how happy I am at Leverkusen. I feel settled here and see no reason to change anything.”

Bender did also add that he hasn’t particular shone in the Bundesliga this season. He made 28 league appearances for Leverkusen in 2013/14, scoring three goals.

Gonzalo Castro interested in a move to Arsenal 1

Posted on October 05, 2013 by Crippy Cooke

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Gonzalo Castro has been linked to a potential January move to Arsenal.

The 26-year old has made five Bundesliga appearances this season, scoring one goal and making one assist.

‘I could envision myself getting to know another culture and language. That was a goal earlier. I would be the fourth German at Arsenal, that wouldn’t be so bad.’

Castro has missed his side’s last two league games due to injury, but is said to be courted by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with a view to sign when the transfer window opens in January.

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