It’s now or never for Arsene Wenger if he ever held an interest in signing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sven Bender.
German tabloid Bild has revealed that Bender is likely to be fit for BVB’s pre-season campaign ahead of the new season and he may be reluctant to talk to other clubs when his pre-season schedule is under way.
The main reason Arsenal don’t appear to have moved for the player already is because he’s been injured. Bender hasn’t played a game since last February due to severe inflammation in a joint.
However, he seems to be over the problem and Bild suggests that he’ll take a full part in Dortmund’s pre-season if he’s still at the club by that point.
The reason Bender is such an attractive proposition for Arsene Wenger is because he would give Arsenal something they don’t already have; a talented, young holding midfielder.
Mathieu Flamini did a perfectly good job in front of the back four last season, as did Mikel Arteta, but it’s one of the few places in the current Arsenal side which is open to a younger player coming in and making it his own.
The player himself confirmed via German football magazine Kicker than no side has come in for him yet, suggesting Arsenal’s interest up to this point has been nothing but speculation and rumour.
“Nobody has contacted me yet. What can I say about those rumours? What is being reported in England is just rumours. I really like English football. Outside of the Bundesliga, it would fit my style of play best,” he said.
Considering how well BVB boss Jurgen Klopp looks after his key players, as soon as he’s nursed back into the Dortmund team, Klopp’s unlikely to give him any reason to leave.
The World Cup doesn’t end until mid-July which is when the majority of clubs will do their transfer business, including the Gunners and Dortmund.
However, that doesn’t mean that Wenger can’t give himself the best possible chance of making sure he gets his man and putting the framework in place for a deal which would bring Bender to the Emirates.
If he doesn’t act soon, he may miss out on the German altogether.