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Arsenal target made available for sale 0

Posted on January 21, 2016 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen have made it clear that they are ready to listen offers for their star players, with Arsenal target Lars Bender one of those expected to join a top club in the near future.

The Gunners have been reportedly keeping close tabs on the Germany international for several years now, and it is believed Arsene Wenger is waiting for the right time to try and lure the 26-year-old to the Emirates.

Bayer Leverkusen have long refused to let their star players leave for greener pastures, but it appears they have now changed their mind, as witnessed by chairman Michael Schade’s latest comments.

Should Jack Wilshere be Arsenal’s anchorman next season? 8

Posted on July 24, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is about to make England international midfielder Jack Wilshere his first choice for the anchorman role in midfield. The strengthening of the position was believed to be one of the Gunners priorities this summer.


As we all know the likes of Germany internationals Sami Khedira and Lars Bender have been linked with moves to the Emirates. It was largely expected the Gunners would bring a new defensive midfielder to north London this summer.

Khedira not joining Gunners claims Express 0

Posted on July 18, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Express, Arsenal is no longer in the hunt for Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Sami Khedira. However, the Gunners have completed the £1omillion signing of full-back Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle.


It seems that the stumbling block in the deal could be Khedira’s £150,000 a-week wage demands. However, it does look likely that Khedira will leave the Spanish capital this summer, after Los Blancos completed the £24million signing of Germany international playmaker Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich.

Debuchy set to arrive at Arsenal today 0

Posted on July 17, 2014 by David Nugent

According to ITV Football, Newcastle and France full-back Mathieu Debuchy is set to complete his £10million move to Arsenal later today. The move has been mooted for a while and it looks like it will now go through.


Debuchy will join the Gunners as a replacement for international teammate Bacary Sagna, who joined Manchester City on a free transfer. The fact that Debuchy was first choice right-back for France at the World Cup ahead of Sagna illustrates the quality that he possesses.

Newcastle themselves have lined-up a replacement for Debuchy in the shape of Holland full-back Daryl Janmaat.

How close is Arsenal to having a complete squad? 4

Posted on July 12, 2014 by David Nugent

Next season promises to be an exciting one for Arsenal fans. The signing of Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez has really got the pulses racing among Gunners fans and with the possibility of more fresh faces arriving next season the Gunners should be very strong.


Arsenal have only made one signing so far this summer, but the squad is short of just a few players to make it complete for the new season. The two obvious areas in need of improving are at right-back and the defensive midfield area.

Is a commanding central midfield the missing link for Arsenal? 1

Posted on July 12, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Arsenal have an abundance of forward players and playmakers at the club, what they’ve always been lacking is the bite in midfield. The combative player who can break up the opposition’s play and lay the ball on for more creative players to build an attack.

Manager Arsene Wenger re-signed ball-winning midfielder Mathieu Flamini last summer in a bid to give his side more tenacity in midfield, and it seemed to initially work with his teammates praising his leadership skills. But Flamini lost his place during the tail end of the campaign due to poor form and questions about his ability to play the Arsenal way. So should the Gunners aim a lot bigger this summer?

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.

Are wingers really what Arsenal needs this summer? 0

Posted on July 07, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal is interested in signing two wingers this summer in Juan Cuadrado and Antoine Griezmann. With other areas of the team in need of strengthening are wingers really what Arsenal needs this summer?


Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado impressed at the World Cup with Colombia, as the South Americans made it to the quarter-finals, before being knocked out by hosts Brazil. He collected four assists at the tournament as his country looked one of the more exciting teams at the finals.

Arsenal look at Dortmund midfielder and Malaga keeper 0

Posted on June 01, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal could be set to bid for Dortmund’s defensive midfielder Lars Bender. The Germany international is apparently rated in the £15million bracket and could be viable target for the Gunners this summer.


Ironically, Arsenal was linked with Lars Bender’s twin brother Sven Bender of Bayer Leverkusen earlier this summer. However, Sven suffered a drop in form when speculation about his future reached fever pitch and decided he wanted to stay in the Bundesliga, signing a new contract with Leverkusen.


Would Garry Barry be a good signing for Arsenal? 1

Posted on May 12, 2014 by David Nugent

Numerous papers have linked Arsenal with a summer move for experienced defensive midfielder Gareth Barry. The 33-year-old has just completed a stint on-loan at Everton from Manchester City and will become a free agent this summer.


Barry has enjoyed a very productive season on Merseyside and helped the Toffees compete with the Gunners for fourth place and a Champions League spot. In the end the Toffees finished fifth in the Premier League table, a position above last season.

Barry formed a good central midfield partnership with Republic of Ireland international James McCarthy, who was also linked with a move to Arsenal a couple of seasons ago.

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