Arsenal latest: Including Bender and Wilshere fitness

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Arsenal have had a €23 million bid for midfielder Lars Bender rejected by Bayer Leverkusen, according to reports in Germany.

A club spokesperson said: "He has a contract until 2017 and he is absolutely happy to stay at Leverkusen."

The defensive midfielder is a German international who was first rumoured to be on the Gunners' radar two months ago. It raises questions over the club's pursuit of Marouane Fellaini and whether they have now moved on from the Everton man.

Jack Wilshere has confirmed his ankle is now 100 per cent, and is raring to go ahead of the new season. The midfielder said he is 'really looking forward to pre-season', noting that he has not had a full one for two years. He also admitted he was not quite ready to return when he did, adding it 'probably showed on the field.'

In an interview with ESPN, Wilshere was quizzed on the prospect of signing Gonzalo Higuain, and Wayne Rooney, describing a move for the Argentine as 'encouraging' and any deal for Rooney as 'amazing' if it comes off. He also dismissed reports linking himself with Bayern Munich, saying while he was flattered, he has recently signed new deal at Arsenal and North London is where he wants to be.

Arsenal have sealed the deal for Yaya Sanogo, the club have this evening confirmed on their website. It had been in the pipeline for several months but could not have been officially completed until his contract at Auxerre expired.

Arsenal have completed one piece of business today, the sale of Johan Djourou to Hamburg, after the Swiss international completed a medical in Germany. Unfortunately for Arsenal it is just a loan deal for the season, rather than a sale.

Julio Cesar's transfer to Arsenal is back on the agenda as a possible after the Confederations Cup reached a conclusion last night. We have published an article on why the Brazilian is the best option for the club, at at 33 is not too old.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been speaking to Arsenal's website about his keenness to visit Vietnam on tour, and believes it is a major opportunity for the club by becoming the first Premier League club to visit the country.

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