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Arsenal manager warned off Leverkusen star

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Arsenal have once again been linked with Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender, according to the Daily Mail.

Wenger failed with a bid for the player in the summer transfer window but reports are suggesting that that the Frenchman is prepared to offer up to £20million for the player this coming January, as he looks to add a versatile talent to his squad.

However, Michael Reschke, director at Leverkusen, has warned Arsenal not to make a January move for the German international.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Reschke made sure any clubs interested in Bender's services knew where his club stood on the matter.

"Lars Bender is under contract with our club, he is a regular first-team player and very important part of our first-team squad," Reschke said.

"We have a long-term contract going on with him. We definitely have no ambition to see Lars. This is a fact."

Another sticking point is that Bender is under contract with Leverkusen until 2017.

However, the Mail reports that Arsenal are seeking a replacement for the ageing and injured Mikel Arteta.

Given the previous injury problems in the squad that Wenger has had to deal with, the signing of Bender may be a priority, to ensure that his team can continue to challenge on all fronts when the fixture list begins to pile up. 

The young German is brother to Sven Bender, who plays for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

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