Arsene Wenger scrambling to complete deal for Lars Bender

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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.

Move for Bender

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.

Barcelona are believed to have thrown their hat into the ring as they see him as a potential replacement for Xavi, and so the Gunners now have to move quickly. Bender is capable of playing in the centre of midfield as well as virtually anywhere across the back-line, meaning he is an individual who could help Wenger no end.

The Arsenal boss's recent injury crisis has revealed a flaw in the squad which centres around a lack of depth in certain areas, and with Bender being a target from previous transfer windows it makes sense that they'd turn to him.

Khedira boost

Meanwhile it would appear Wenger has been offered a slight reprieve in the race for Sami Khedira, as Bayern Munich have denied that he has signed a contract. Reports yesterday claimed the race for his future over, but it seems that he’s still on the market. At least to some degree.

The Real Madrid star could yet be offered a new deal by Los Blancos, and is virtually guaranteed to be given extended game time over the next few months thanks to Luka Modric's long-term injury. That means that the previous stance the Spanish giants were taking - one which backed the idea of being sold - is set to be revised, and so any clubs competing for him could be forced to pay over the odds.

Other news

- Arsene Wenger has revealed that star forward Alex Sanchez is a doubt for tomorrow's clash with Manchester United, and Theo Walcott is almost certainly set to sit out. In his press conference this morning the Frenchman provided an injury update, with Danny Welbeck yet to prove his full fitness.

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