The odds on Arsenal completing a deal for Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender in January is being cut, as reported in the Standard.
The Gunners have been linked with defensive midfield additions for a number of windows, but only 17 year-old Krystian Bielik has been signed, who is yet to be promoted to the first-team squad.
Arsenal are now firmly expected to sign another holding midfielder in January, following the loss of Francis Coquelin to injury last week.
The North-London side are known for suffering a number of injuries during each campaign, with fellow stars Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck regularly sidelined.
Of course Arsenal will be hoping Coquelin’s recent set-back will be a one-off, but will be hoping to bring in a top midfielder to challenge him for a role in their midfield on his return.
Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta are likely to vie for the role in his absence, but are not rated to be worthy of holding onto the role for the long-term.
Lars Bender has had his price cut in half to join Arsenal in the coming window, while Chelsea and Tottenham are also linked with an interest.