Arsenal will attempt to sign Lars Bender before Barcelona move

Arsenal are attempting to push through a transfer deal for Lars Bender as soon as possible, as Arsene Wenger is worried that he may lose out to Barcelona if he stalls. As he approaches the January transfer window the Frenchman is said to be considering moves for a number of top targets, but Bender, who is available for around £19 million, falls into the priority category due to his versatility.