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
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 [.
Arsenal dealt transfer blow as top target Lars Bender rules out Bayer Leverkusen exit
Arsenal have already been dealt a major in their summer transfer plans as Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender has ruled out a move. The Germany international signed a new contract with the Bundesliga outfit earlier this season and the 25-year-old has now insisted his desire to see out the deal. The 25-year-old told reporters: “I signed [...]The post
Rumour: Arsene Wenger make Bayer Leverkusen’s £20m Lars Bender his top target
Arsenal have made Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender their number one transfer target for the summer and are lining up a £20million move for the German,as reports the Daily Mirror. Arsene Wenger was keen on the tough-tackling midfielder last season only to find the Bundesliga outfit unwilling to deal, but has identified the centre of [...]The post
Rumour: Arsenal set sights on £17 million deal for Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender
Arsenal are closing in on the £17 million signing of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender, according to the Metro. Bender, 24, is seen as the ideal replacement in midfield for the much-maligned Mikel Arteta whose Arsenal career may soon be over after a string of awful performances. Arteta has been heavily criticised and some in the [...]The post
Wenger’s £70m Warchest: Three Stars Arsenal should target this summer
After another collapse in form in the Premier League, Arsenal have yet another big summer transfer window ahead. After the slow and quiet summer that happened last season, the fans were finally delighted with the signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid. He was a huge signing and cost a club record £42.4 million. The [...]The post