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Arsenal identify Lars Bender as Mikel Arteta replacement

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has identified Lars Bender as the man to replace midfielder Mikel Arteta in the summer.

The Spaniard has been under fire in recent weeks after a series of sub-par performances.

According to the Daily Mail it seems as though Wenger has grown tired of the former Everton man and will look to land Bender from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer window.

Arsenal have been linked with a move for the 24-year-old in the past, and reportedly tried to sign him last summer.

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are also keen on Ilkay Gundogan, who is a Manchester United target - however the paper reports that Bender is the preferred target because he is likely to be easier to land.

Southampton ace Morgan Schneiderlin is also being watched by Arsenal scouts.

Wenger is said to be a long-time admirer of Bender, who has 17 caps for the German national team.

Arteta joined the Gunners from Everton in the summer of 2011 and has been a consistent performer, however the Mail report that Wenger is looking for an upgrade.

The north London club could spend big in the summer, and are also said to be watching Southampton youngster Callum Chambers, with Micah Richards on their radar too.

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