Former Liverpool star Dietmar Hamann believes German twins Sven and Lars Bender are the answer to Arsenal’s problems, and has urged Arsene Wenger to add one or both of the pair to his shopping list this January, according to the Mirror.
The retired German international has reiterated what everyone has been saying for the last few years, that we are lacking something in midfield and that we won’t improve until we remedy the situation.
“What Wenger hasn’t got – and hasn’t had for years – is a defensive midfielder of the calibre of Nemanja Matic and John Obi Mikel at Chelsea; or Fernando and Fernandinho at City,” he said.
“It is the most important area of the modern game. Having a player with the discipline not to get caught out of position, the intelligence to recognise danger and the ability to snuff it out before it becomes a problem for his defenders.”
He claims that the Bender brothers are the cure for what ails us, and that the Bundesliga stars would give us exactly what we have been missing for so long.
“They are supposed to be looking at Ilkay Gundogan at Borussia Dortmund. He’s a very good footballer – but he’s a typical Arsenal player,” Hamann continued.
“For me, Arsenal would be much better served, going for one of the Bender brothers, especially Lars.
“Either of those boys would give Wenger something he hasn’t got in midfield.Someone who can read the game, is naturally defensively minded and who will thrive, operating in front of the back four, making sure Arsenal don’t get exposed.”
Borussia Dortmund are struggling in the German top flight at the moment, with only SC Freiburg below them in the table. If they do end up getting relegated then they are likely to see a mass exodus in the summer, but some players may even feel now is the right time to jump ship.
Hamann has suggested that we would be better off going for the Bayer Leverkusen brother Lars however, whose club are currently flying high and find themselves in third place.
We have previously seen bids for the Leverkusen star turned down, but with Wenger seemingly more willing to open his chequebook now, we may have the financial firepower to bring him to the Emirates.