Arsene Wenger has long refused to buy the dominant defensive midfielder that Arsenal obviously need, but it looks as if he's finally about to crack.
Reports from Italy claim that Arsenal have made Lars Bender their top target for January. With the likes of Francis Coquelin, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere all injured, Arsenal are badly in need of reinforcements and the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder looks like the perfect acquisition.
The tough tackler has won 11 caps for Germany and was named in the squad for the 2014 World Cup before having to withdraw with injury. Watch him in action below.