The Gunners have been targeting many of Europe’s finest since the transfer budget is no longer a problem. Even with Wenger willing to spend big on both star players and promising footballers, things were never going to be simple. Because of Arsenal’s 8 year trophy drought a lot of targets direct their attention elsewhere. This was the case with Higuain and other big names who have preferred other destinations.
According to Metro, Lars Bender is the latest one to slip away from a possible Emirates move. The 24 year old German international has been with Leverkusen since 2009 managing 113 appearances and 11 goals. After the owner of his current club refused a £18.5million offer which came from London this summer, it was expected that Bender would not renegotiate his agreement and that he would move during the winter transfer period.
Things took a recent unexpected turn. Bender signed a new agreement with Leverkusen. He is now committed to play for the German side until 2019. The 24 year old midfielder has been with Leverkusen since he was 20 years of age and has put in some really solid performances.
The German midfielder who has managed 4 goals for his national team since his 2011 debut, spoke about his future and said that he wants to play a significant part in the clubs’ future. His statements showed a lot of character and determination. He is clearly set on helping Leverkusen become what they once were.
Rudi Voller who is Leverkusen’s sports director was very pleased with the player’s choice which according to him showed a lot of character turning down Arsenal who surely had a better financial offer than what he got after extending his current agreement. That is the kind of player you need in order to build a strong group which in turn translates into a competitive team, capable of winning trophies. The Gunners will have to redirect their attention as the winter transfer period is quickly approaching.