We were spared back in January, with the emergence of Francis Coquelin greatly reducing our need to sign a new midfield enforcer capable of seeing us through until the end of the season.
Arsenal transfer rumours
However, as good as the 23-year-old has been, you can’t help but feel that we’re short of some strength in depth, particularly with question marks over the futures of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini (via The Sun).
We’ve been linked to a whole host of players in recent months. In the list below we’ve complied the five most desirable of those rumours and ranked them in order of who we’d most like to see walking out at the Emirates…
5) Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen)
Via The Metro – The original report suggests that the Gunners could be tempted by either Bender or his Leverkusen team-mate Christoph Kramer, who is currently on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach. Bender, twin brother of Borussia Dortmund star Sven, has been an integral part of his club side for many years, regularly helping them qualify for the Champions League. The 26-year-old also has 19 international caps for Germany to his name.