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A suitable replacement for Arteta?

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Lars BenderAt the time, placing an attack-minded midfielder in a holding role left a few scratching our head. However, Mikel Arteta did manage to put a string of good performances in this position since joining Arsenal from Everton, enough to warrant praise from the manager and fans.

But as we all know you can only cover the cracks for so long. We’ve seen Arteta get skinned far too often when he does occupy that holding role – this season especially the Spaniard has been exploited and shown that perhaps he can’t do it anymore. I don’t blame him entirely for this though as it isn’t his natural position.

There is a solution though. A few days ago we were linked with a player who, in my opinion, can come in and solve the problem – 24-year-old German midfielder Lars Bender.

The Bayer Leverkusen man once again finds himself being strongly linked with a move to the Emirates as a replacement for our ageing Spaniard.

Wenger is reportedly looking for a new midfielder and Bender would be a great addition to the team in my opinion. Picturing him and Mathieu Flamini as the two deepest midfielders does offer that extra bit of security and confidence, and both are tenacious and robust.

His potential arrival would give us an amazing starting XI to play with and a bench with more depth and a little more quality to call upon. In addition, I wouldn’t expect to see Arteta leave if Bender is acquired.

With a list of clubs looking to bolster their squads this summer, we can’t afford to pass up this opportunity.

Should Bender be allowed to leave I for one strongly approve of his purchase.

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