Lars Bender is a German footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bayer Leverkusen in the Fußball-Bundesliga. He is the twin brother of Sven Bender, who plays for Borussia Dortmund. In 2006, while still playing for 1860 Munich, Bender has won the Fritz-Walter trophy. On 18 August 2009, Bender signed a three year contract with Bayer Leverkusen. Bender scored his first goal in the Bundesliga against Eintracht Frankfurt. He scored his first goal in 2011 against VfL Wolfsburg in a 3–0 win with a well-struck curled low shot from twenty meters.
He was part of the German under-19 side that won the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship. He was first called up to the senior squad in September 2011. Bender was chosen as part of Germany's 23-man squad for Euro 2012. In Germany's last group game, he scored the winning goal, making the scoreline 2–1 in Germany's favour.
Reports: Arsenal to make £21 million move for Lars Bender
Reports suggest that Arsenal are to resurrect their interest in Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender, with The Metro reporting that the Gunners are willing to pay £21 million for the elegant yet brutal midfielder. Arsenal were linked with a move for Bender last summer and have also been linked with his brother, Borussia Dortmund midfielder [...]The post Reports: Arsenal to make £21 million move for Lars Bender appeared first on Squawka News.
Rumour: Wenger will move for Leverkusen’s Lars Bender if he cannot tempt Bayern’s Javi Martinez to Arsenal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants assurances over Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez’s position at the club before he sanctions a move for Lars Bender, of Bayer Leverkusen, report the Daily Mail. The German international remains the north Londoners’ primary target as the club’s hierarchy believe he represents their best option in central midfield from the current [...]The post Wenger will move for Leverkusen’s Lars Bender if he cannot tempt Bayern’s Javi Martinez to Arsenal appeared first on Squawka News.