Arsenal make Bender priority target

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Arsenal have made Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender their priority target after missing out on Borussia Dortmund ace Ilkay Gundogan, according to The Mirror

Gundogan signed a new deal with the German outfit a couple of weeks ago, and it now appears that Bender is wanted at the Emirates. 

If reports are to be believed, Arsenal believe an offer of £20 million will be enough to prize him away from the Bundesliga in the up coming market. 

Arsenal already have a number of German players at the club, with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Co. all starring in north London. 

And with ex-Everton ace Mikel Arteta entering the twilight years of his career, it appears that Bender is seen as the ideal man to replace the Spaniard, who has just over a year left on his current deal with the club. 

The Gunners reportedly targeted the German international last summer, but will be more hopeful of persuading Leverkusen to sell this time around.

Arsenal's immediate focus, however, will turn to securing a place in next year's Champions League. 

A win for Arsene Wenger's side against West Brom on Sunday will ensure the club enter Europe's elite competition for a 17th consecutive season. 

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