Arsenal transfer news: Wenger looks for Bender as injury concerns heighten

A select round-up of transfer news relating to Arsenal, including Luis Suarez, Michu, Micah Richards and Lars Bender

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is now looking at reverting to plan B in the transfer window as deals for Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney look to have come to a grinding halt.

The Uruguayan is looking like he will remain at Anfield for the coming season while Rooney looks like he might be the subject of another Chelsea bid, though Manchester United may be more willing to sell to Arsenal.

Reportedly his next striking target is Swansea's Michu, who scored 18 league goals in the last campaign, who is seen as an alternative striker to Rooney and Suarez. It will be difficult to prise away the Spaniard at this late stage in the transfer window and it may cost them up to £25m, as that is what Swansea chairman has agreed to demand of his star striker

There has also been renewed interest in Manchester City full back Micah Richards, Wenger has been a long time admirer of the England right back but he will have to wait and see how he will be used by Manuel Pellegrini in this season's City squad.

There were reports over the weekend that Arsenal would continue their pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender, they had previously shown some interest in July but the pressure of defeat and injuries could force some more solid interest.

After his sides disastrous opening day defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday there was calls from the experts and fans to spend some money in the transfer market.

The injury crisis has added to these demands, as no fewer than five first team players came away from the Emirates having sustained some kind of injury.

Ramsey, Rosicky and Gibbs all picked up knocks while Sagna suffered a nasty fall and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up a serious injury that may keep him out for a number of months.

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